6/16/2008

My Hobby...

After an extremely long hiatus, I have finally started fishcarving again. My prolonged break began a few years ago when I was working on a fish and the motor on my carving tool died. I never got it replaced until now. As a result, I have a number of carvings I started a long time ago that are at different stages of completion. It was so nice this weekend to be able to sit out on the deck and get lost in a project. I went over to my uncle's shop and cut out "blanks" for a bluegill, rock bass, perch, and a generic folk art decoy. Usually I do trout, but I wanted to mix it up a little. I'm thinking about trying a shark, too, my first non-freshwater fish.

I do these for the pure enjoyment of it. The cost is minimal now that I have all the equipment. The wood is free and the airbrush paint goes a long way. I have given away about 60 fish since I started. People seem to like them. Some have asked me why I don't sell them. I think selling them would take some of the fun out of it. Plus, if the cost were based on the time I spend, I'd have to charge a ridiculous amount I'm sure no one would want to pay.

So, if anyone wants to put in a request and doesn't mind waiting a really long time, leave them in the comments. Just do me a favor and stick to freshwater species.

24 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'd love one. I'm a huge fan of fish. Can you do a perch for me? It was one of the first fist I ever caught as a young Michigan lad.

kirby said...

Dude, are you serious?!!! I loved that folk art decoy you did, but I have something to trade for it. Do you play guitar?

clare said...

I think your fish are gorgeous. I'd love a bluegill if you ever get around to it. I used to catch bluegill in the neighborhood lake when I was a kid. I'll trade you for an original watercolor - your choice of subject - maybe a michigan landscape?

Anonymous said...

J says:
One of my favorite things is my original Chris H fish-carving.
The Col. has requested a fish carving for his room. Take care.

BeckEye said...

Awesome! Can he sing "Take Me to the River?"

Amy said...

I'd just like a "some guy" original fish... I don't care what kind. But I do want one!

Some Guy said...

Dr.MVM: One Michigan perch, coming up.

Kirby: Thanks! I need to do more folk art ones. No, I don't play guitar. What did you have in mind?

Clare: The one I started this weekend is a Bluegill. I wasn't sure who it was going to, but now I do. I'd love an original watercolor!

J: The Col. will get his fish. Should I paint it to look like a firetruck?

Beckeye: Now THAT would be something!

Amy: I'll come up with something...

Jen said...

I want one too!!
I dig the Trout

But it looks like
you'll be all booked up
until june 2011

You do amazing work

Dick Small said...

Chris, that's beautiful. I want one. Big time.

Dale said...

I want an aquarium full please. Okay, I don't. But your work is beautiful. Folk fish sounds like a great idea.

anne altman said...

you're fucked now, chris.

WHO WOULDN'T WANT ONE OF THESE?

now you need a lottery!

I'LL TAKE A FRESHWATER LAKE TROUT from Caspian Lake, Vermont

and i'll give you specifics with a picture.

Mnmom said...

Seriously?? I'd love a beautiful Minnesota walleye, or a Northern Pike.

Megan said...

Sea turtle.

Some Guy said...

I guess what I'll do is just take these requests and fill them in the order I received them. Like I said, the wait may be long, maybe years, but as long as you remain visible in the blogosphere, I'll track you down when yours is done. It'll be one of those unexpected things. My goal is to carve a shitload of them during the summer while I can be outside (it produces a LOT of sawdust!) and then paint them throughout the winter.

Special K said...

I would LOVE one, but I simply couldn't unless I paid you, or traded for it.
I paint (I suck) and I crochet if you need anything made of yarn. LOL
I'd love a pumpkinseed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpkinseed
and if it takes a disgustingly long time, all the better....crochet takes a damn long time too....LOL

Bubs said...

Wait, you use wood for those? I thought you made them out of fish. I was really impressed with how you kept them so realistic and fresh looking.

kirby said...

It's a metal body Dobro type guitar, very decorative even if you don't play. You know, it would look fabulous in the Tiki wing of Bub's place, maybe he has something you would like and we could arrange a 3-way trade.

lulu said...

Can I have one of these? http://www.virtualbangladesh.com/bd_ilish.html

or else a bluegill.

You do beautiful work.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Dude, didn't I request one of these, like, a year ago?

I would be willing to trade you for your favorite phrase lovingly rendered in cross stitch. I have one in my kitchen that says "do not fuck with me." It has ducks and kitties and flowers around it, just to make it seem more friendly.

vikkitikkitavi said...

If this appeals to you, email me the phrase you want, and I'll put your project in my queue.

anne altman said...

please note i'm #8.

i did.

xo
anne

Flannery Alden said...

I'll knit you a scarf in trade for a gold fish or a guppy...something small.

Writeprocrastinator said...

Good gravy, you are truly a Renaissance man!

Dr. Zaius said...

Wow! Cool. Can you eat them?