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Carving Crappie Fish, basswood

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Project by mls posted 1571 days ago 3129 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve built furniture projects for many years. But a few years ago, my wife and I started taking some woodcarving classes as something we could do together. This is a project that I have a ton of hours in. I’d be remiss in not mentioning that I had lots and lots of help and direction from my patient instructor, Ralph. Someone pointed out the irony that this is a crappie carved out of “bass” wood. My wife and I took a stroll along side the Missouri river here in town to find the drift wood that I used for mounting it. Most people who look at it say they find it hard to believe it is all wood. Anyway, carving is a new endeavor and I’m not very good at it without constant oversight from Ralph. But it is a craft that doesn’t cost much to do and that is important with two kids in college.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---





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Chelios

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#1 posted 1571 days ago

Terrific job. I want to go fishing

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rtb

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#2 posted 1571 days ago

My son would probably kill to get his hands on that beautiful carving.

welcome to the family, you will find that you will feel right at home: you will also realise how addictive that this site is.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1571 days ago

Great looking sac-a-lait! (as we call them in South Louisiana)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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SgtSnafu

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#4 posted 1571 days ago

Lets cook that sucker up – What do you mean it’s wood ?

You did an excellent job on this, it does look quite real..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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DaddyZ

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#5 posted 1571 days ago

Very Cool Crappie !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Cozmo35

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#6 posted 1571 days ago

Got Tarter Sauce?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Troy

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#7 posted 1571 days ago

Exceptional proportions! It just looks real/right from every perspective. Speaks volumes about the various, involved skills. The fact you can do this with the wife is a total bonus.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) || http://www.birchhillwoodcrafts.com

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Jordan

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#8 posted 1571 days ago

Yes, that’s super! In my opinion, decorative decoys have kind of taken a back seat to fish in the past while, don’t know why but perhaps capturing a fish face and coloring is more challenging – you definitely did both!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 1571 days ago

I think you did a fantastic job carving your fish , it doesn’t look crappie at all ! A lot better than I can carve.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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donjoe

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#10 posted 1571 days ago

Nice crappie. Looks very real.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Jimthecarver

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#11 posted 1571 days ago

Awesome job….. I have not tried to carve fish. But I can appreciate the talent it takes to do so.
Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJ’s we need more carvers.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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lightweightladylefty

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#12 posted 1571 days ago

Your first! ? ! ? ! WOW! (and I thought my husband's were great) We can’t wait to see more of your fish carvings! Fabulous job. Thanks for posting, and welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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ND2ELK

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#13 posted 1571 days ago

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Woodbutchery

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#14 posted 1571 days ago

That’s a fabulous carving, and a great setup/mount. I look forward to seeing more.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Dennisgrosen

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#15 posted 1561 days ago

the last two pictures says it all (I like the last picture it´s seems to be in the water)
the fish is alive and it can´t be done much better
very well done

Dennis

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