Trout carving (Fluidity)

  • Advertise with us
Project by Matt posted 07-31-2010 08:56 PM 2386 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Fluidity can be shown here in various ways. What came to mind to me on how to portray fluidity and movement was simple; use what mother nature gave to you. Now, mother nature gives us alot which was a problem. I could not think of a unique way to show movement.
One evening, out of my canoe, I saw an bass jump out of the water by some cattails trying to catch a snack. And that’s where it hit me; and this is what I came up with.
What we have here is a 14” trout lunging out to catch it’s dinner. The trout was carved out of a stock of figured birdseye hard maple. Finished with a coat of danish oil and two coats of high gloss poly to represent the fish as being wet. The dragonfly was made out of oak burl and had the same treatment as the maple. The cattail was developed from redwood and maple, which was also finished off with danish oil but no poly. The base is an slab of an oak burl I harvested nearby also finished with about 6 coats of high gloss poly I used the burl to give motion to the “water” which really set it off. Birdseye maple was an easy choice because of the eyes. It gives the trout the spots without painting them on. The cattail was originally suppose to be cedar but at the last minute I change my mind and used redwood which I thought would give a great contrast against the maple.

This was my first real carving ever and I sure did learn a lot. This is also my first contest entry! Thank you for looking!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

9 comments so far

View patron's profile


13606 posts in 3364 days

#1 posted 07-31-2010 09:05 PM

well done , matt .
and good luck in the contest .
you are a winner either way though ,
this is great !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 3332 days

#2 posted 07-31-2010 09:29 PM

You are a very good carver. Looks great…

View yarydoc's profile


417 posts in 3168 days

#3 posted 07-31-2010 10:29 PM

Nice work Matt.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

View ProbablyLost's profile


83 posts in 3541 days

#4 posted 08-01-2010 12:17 AM

Nice job Matt! I think you have captured movement and fluidity perfectly. Carving is not an easy skill, and it looks like you are well on your way to being a master. You also did a great job with the photography. After seeing your entry, it made me wish I had been able to take better pics of my entry. Good Luck!

-- Chris

View WoodenFrog's profile


2737 posts in 2936 days

#5 posted 08-01-2010 12:41 AM

Well let me see.. Where did I put my black iron skillet…My lemon pepper… and
Well you get the point!
It looks great I think you have great carving skills!

Keep up the good work, thanks for sharing with us :)’

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

View CSlabon's profile


301 posts in 3301 days

#6 posted 08-03-2010 01:11 AM

Very nice.

View Matt 's profile


212 posts in 3772 days

#7 posted 08-03-2010 03:56 AM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

View Mary Anne's profile

Mary Anne

1058 posts in 3232 days

#8 posted 08-06-2010 04:23 PM

You did a heck of a job for your first ‘real’ carving. Love the story behind it, and the how you approached the fluidity contest.

View Matt 's profile


212 posts in 3772 days

#9 posted 08-06-2010 09:12 PM

I thank you for the comment, Mary Anne.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics