Each fish is hand-cut and hand-carved from 2” thick planks of basswood. Because no templates are used, each one is a true original. The tail is flattened and the body is shaped using a rasp, and further definition is given to the gills, eyes, mouth and tail using a variety of carving tools.
The end result of the woodworking process is a true-to-size fish “plaque” somewhere between 2 and 3D.
Several layers of pigment are then handpainted to create an accurate, detailed, patina finish.
The coloration is determined by the approximate size and life stage of the fish. With custom orders, reference photos (of the trophy catch) are ideal, and insights are welcomed to achieve the perfect hues and ensure that the ‘catch of a lifetime’ is given it’s due.
Next, the fish gets two coats of sealant and is allowed to dry overnight.
A crackling medium is then applied and allowed to dry and ‘age’ the paint for a minimum of 24 hours. Stain is rubbed on, which further adds to the cracked, weathered appearance, and fish has its signature antique look.
After the fish is buffed and ‘dirtied’ with steel wool, it‘s ready for a glass eye - the final touch in a long and rigorous but thoroughly rewarding process.