Cottonwood Bark Fish Key Hook

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Project by Tony Strupulis posted 12-21-2009 09:18 PM 2928 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some photos of a cottonwood bark carving I did today. It was a Christmas gift for a friend. She was over today baking with The Wife. I carved most of it with her watching. She even carved some of it. She had no idea it was for her until we gave it to her.

The board it is mounted to is local birch. I gouged a border around it.

When I was carving the bark, it broke in half on a natural split in the bark. I glued it back together and finished carving it. I think it’s natural character. The split is the diagonal line running through the fish.

The left (upstream) side of the cottonwood is much thicker than the downstream side. I did that on purpose so the fish is sort of in an S-shape with his head higher than his tail.

I woodburned the gills, fins, and eye. I’d never done that before, so it was a huge risk at the end of the project.

The finish is three coats of blonde shellac.

-- Tony -

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 10:04 PM

Very nice carving and a great gift Tony. I actually like the crack and how you worked around it. Gives it more character. Merry Christmas!

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 10:12 PM

Man that’s nice! Great job on that, I like the crack in the wood too.

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

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 07:24 PM

Wow! I cut out the image of a trout on the scroll saw and placed it on another board roughly resembling mountains, but it is no where near what you have done. Great job Tony.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#4 posted 12-23-2009 11:45 PM


I had to make myself stop carving before I set the fish free! i really didn’t start out with the intention of that much 3D effect…

My advice to all is to challenge yourself and try new things like this. Even if you end up throwing it in the fireplace, you’re better for trying.

-- Tony -

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 01:11 AM

Your carving is very nice.


-- Robin Renee'

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