Rocking fish

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Project by milehigh posted 06-04-2009 09:32 PM 3534 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First commisioned piece. You’ve got to start somewhere,right? I sold the original (you can see it in the background) over 20 years ago. The owner called and said that the basement had flooded and the fish was ruined.His kids were all raised on it and now he is a new grandpa, and wanted it for his granddaughter.
“Can you still get one” he asked.
“No, but i can build you one” i said.
“out of oak?”
Any finish ideas?


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#1 posted 06-04-2009 09:58 PM

Well this is completely different. I’ve seen all kinds of rocking “animals” but never a rocking fish. Cool. The original looks like it’s been around a while. I’m sure this one will be too. Nice work.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 06-04-2009 10:55 PM

I would go with a semi-gloss or gloss to give the fish a little of that still wet look.

This is definitely one of my favorite children’s rockers.

-- P.O.C.

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#3 posted 06-04-2009 11:13 PM

Very cute. Great piece. I agree with PirateofCatan, a glossy finish would give it the wet look.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 06-04-2009 11:35 PM

My new grandson Malakai will love this, I am sure.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 06-05-2009 12:09 AM

Fantastic. My granddaughter would love it too.

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#6 posted 06-05-2009 12:12 AM

Crazy cool well done. What next an rocking aardvark ? I like it super job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 06-05-2009 02:00 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. It was a fun and different project alright. My uncle made rough outlines from the various pieces that i could copy if anyone is interested.


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#8 posted 06-05-2009 05:34 AM

I am interested!!!! nice fish!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#9 posted 06-05-2009 05:27 PM

Very cool!!

Great idea, fun for everyone!


-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Don Newton

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#10 posted 06-05-2009 06:34 PM

Well…....I’ll file that under “Seen it All”. A rocking fish, who’d have thunk it!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#11 posted 06-05-2009 06:40 PM

I’ve carved a few trout out of basswood in the past and never wanted to take away from the natural wood look. What I’ve done instead is used an inexpensive woodburning tool to add larger dots along the back and a few little dots along the lateral line. I also darken the areas along the fins and gills to bring some life to these areas. After burnishing, any finish will work light or dark. Just an idea.

This is such a cool project. You really did a nice job on it.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#12 posted 06-05-2009 11:10 PM

That is a great idea McLean! The customer was talking about painting spots to make it look like a trout. This wood keep it all natural.

Thanks for the idea


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#13 posted 06-06-2009 03:56 AM

I love it! Any child would want to hop on it. I think leaving it natural (no stain) with a few coats of semi-gloss or gloss poly would be fine.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 11-19-2011 08:08 AM

That is a fish out of water. It looks like it is trying to rock its way up.

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