SAWDUST 26 September 2017

STYLIZED BROOKIE

Many years ago while traveling though Florida I passed a place called” Tom’s Cypress “, I turned around and came back and found loads of all kinds of Driftwood. After meeting the owner Tom and told him what I did, he said, ” well, look around and see what you can find. Each time I’d pick out a piece and show him, he’d say ” THAT’S ALMOST PRETTY “. After several of these responses I asked him, ” do you have anything that’s PRETTY ” ? He smiled and said, come with me. We went through the shop and out the back door to a wharehouse stacked floor to ceiling with big slabs of wood, 3 to 4 feet in diameter and 3 to 6 inches thick. He said, ” this is California Buckeye, it only grows on the western slope of the Sierra mountains above 3,000 ft. If you work with this, ” YOU WILL BE HAPPY ! I bot several slabs ( wish I’d bot more) , and he was right, I WAS HAPPY, STILL AM!
This wall presentation of a stylized Brook Trout is one of hundreds of creations I’ve done with this beautiful wood. If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, I don’t know what words describe this one, I’ve found that with my stylized creations, people either don’t like them , our they REALLY like them, what do you think.

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