Carving Crappie Fish, basswood

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Project by mls posted 04-02-2010 06:19 PM 3353 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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#1 posted 04-02-2010 06:24 PM

Terrific job. I want to go fishing

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 06:25 PM

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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#3 posted 04-02-2010 06:30 PM

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

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 06:33 PM

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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#5 posted 04-02-2010 06:53 PM

Very Cool Crappie !!

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

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 06:58 PM

Got Tarter Sauce?

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

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 07:23 PM

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) ||

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 08:40 PM

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!


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#9 posted 04-02-2010 11:02 PM

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

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#10 posted 04-03-2010 03:11 AM

Nice crappie. Looks very real.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 04-03-2010 04:32 AM

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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#12 posted 04-03-2010 05:58 AM

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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#13 posted 04-03-2010 05:59 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 11:25 AM

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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#15 posted 04-12-2010 09:48 PM

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


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