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“The Process”

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  • Blueprinting—-A process used to ensure proper scale and spacing of fins gills and other prominent features.   Pics
  • Rough carving—–bandsaw, chainsaw, reciprocating saw, angle grinder……whatever gets wood gone in a hurry. Hollowing the head for an open mouth is the toughest part.      Pics
  • Getting down to shape—-carefully getting down to size without going too far using an angle grinder and orbital on both the head and body. Pics
  • Hand sanding—–slowly shaping the body and smoothing all curves getting down to 220 grit.
  • Detail carving—–using hand tools and rotary tools to get fine detail on the face, in the mouth, and around the fins.
  • Eye Mounting—-probably one of the most challenging and most important parts of the piece. Eyes are first hand painted and airbrushed and then mounted and smoothed with epoxy.
  • Teeth—-if it’s a toothy fish….now is the time
  • Head attached to the body.
  • Fin slots
  • Fin bending and mounting.
  • All scales are burned into wood and carved into epoxy areas.
  • Final touch up and final detail…its now or never.
  • Vinyl sealer- prevent moisture from entering or exiting
  • White primer
  • Antiqueing—a process of blasting the whole fish with a dark color and then sanding it away leaving darker colors in the low lying areas.
  • Paint….Airbrush, hair brush and sponge. Many translucent layers makes for a realistic fish.
  • Clear coat—commercial grade lacquer applied with many coats leaving a rock hard glossy finish