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How to Carve a Wooden Fish

Updated on June 22, 2011

The masterpiece

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Primed and ready for air brushingInitial coloringsFinal paint
Primed and ready for air brushing
Primed and ready for air brushing
Initial colorings
Initial colorings
Final paint
Final paint

A block of wood becomes a realistic fish carving

Master carver Russell Pander typically works withsongbirds, decoys and shorebirds and even though he is an avid fly fisherman, he never thought to carve a fish until one day he got a call from Robert Kloskowski.

Kloskowki is the head of the International Fly Fishing Association (IFFA), a world wide organization of fly fishers whose members communicate via the Internet and organize annual conclaves all over the world.

Bob asked Russell to create a replica of a large trout his friend Mr. Bill McManis caught - a once in a lifetime fish that measured 22 inches long and had a 14 inch girth. Bob and Bill had measured the fish and took a few photos before releasing the Brookie. Both men practice catch and release fishing practices so more anglers could have the joy of catching a truly trophy sized fish.

It took Russell over three years to get around to carving the fish and the daunting task of air brushing the beautiful colorings of the fish in the photograph but in the end Russell produced a masterpiece in fish carving.

How a master carves a wooden fish


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