Thursday, August 05, 2010

West Coast Fish Art

Andrew has been working on a collection of carved fish native to the West Coast. He has an old Sunset fishing book written by a colorful character named Ray Cannon, which has detailed drawings and descriptions of the more than 200 or so local fish. Andrew plans to make all of them, and has already made multiples of certain species.

An artists' workbench:

He hangs the fish as mobiles, with a combination of a large fish like salmon, along with some smaller bait fish in one mobile. Our artist-friend Stan was visiting one day when we had the mobiles hanging outside from trees, and suggested the barn would make an ideal fish gallery. That idea spawned a few intense work sessions, and the barn became "Fishhaus."

The following photos have been taken along the way as the project develops.

In the last few days he started making fish cutting boards. These are two he made for me (there are tangible benefits to being the artist's wife). These are made from poplar, sealed with coconut oil, and they can hang on a wall when not in use.

If you are interested in this project, please contact Andrew at the email address to the right for more information.


  1. Wow!! Incredible! I think Andrew has found his calling.
    (Happy day after your birthday, bro! Slammy said something last night about the ultimate merit of perfection that seemed to be right out of Andrew's book. I think she may have been channeling you!)
    The fish look right at home in the barn. The cutting boards are sweeeet!

  2. Thank you Sarah! Uh oh, do we have another perfectionist in the family?