Bluegill Carving

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Project by Tom "BUG" Janos posted 01-02-2010 11:54 PM 3741 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first fish carving. The actual fish looks better then the photos thank god, lol.
I carved it for our youngest sons 17th Birthday.
It took alot longer to carve then I expected it to take. I think painting alone was about 10 hours for a total of about 50 hours with the stones for the habitat. Hate to see how long it takes when I get ready to do a northern and musky that I am planning.
Unfortunately the worm, hook & bobber attachment in the 1st photo fell off while I was moving it around for photos so I will have to put more epoxy on it next time.
The fish is life size about 5 inches or so long and carved from Basswood, the eyes are clear glass that I had to paint the color and pupil into, and the worm, shell, and pebbles are all made from two part putty epoxy. The hook and bobber are real.
Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for looking.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 12:12 AM

Fantastic. If you wouldn’t have said it I wouldn’t have known it was your first.

My other hobby is fishing, I love it, great job.

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 12:17 AM

Thanks TD
I wanted to try a fish for a while as I have a few muskys, northern, and a king mackeral that I have caught over the years that I released and only have pictures of and would like to make replicas of them and start making some to sell for other catch and release fisherman.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 02:26 AM

I’ve tried my hand at a trout once, and you my friend have done a great job. Love the colors.

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 03:25 AM

Catch enough of them and bluegill are good eating… Yours seems a bit bigger than I normally catch. Fun to use fly rod on them…

Nice work to make it so life like that it brought back fond memories… thanks. I don’t think I could handle the tediousness of all those fish scales! You did good.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 04:15 AM

Well done.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 04:27 AM

thanks all

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 04:33 AM

This is an amazing bluegill super carving and great colors wonderful job Tom

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 04:50 AM

very nice carving. Realistic. thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 06:13 AM

Wonderful carving; the details of the scales are remarkable. I especially like your worm and bobber . . . great idea! Your last picture really makes it look like it’s swimming.

I think my husband’s pumpkinseed is pretty terrific, too, but the instamatic-camera photography left a lot to be desired. I can appreciate the time you spent since I know my husband took forever to complete his.

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#10 posted 01-03-2010 12:44 PM

I think it looks Great! I prefer the bobber-less look. I would be tempted to experiment by partly covering the rocks with “sand”. Nice lookiing fish. I still have the bluegill I stuffed/mounted when I was 13. I had to paint it too. I painted a small lightbulb for the eye, and that worked pretty well. Keep up the good work!


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#11 posted 01-03-2010 12:55 PM

maybe the worm/hook fell off because you should catch him on a flyrod ;)

Bravo, again

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#12 posted 01-21-2010 10:57 PM

Thanks everyone.
I like the sand idea and had planned on that but had to get it completed asap and didn’t have any sand here at the house.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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