CARVING  A  TROUT

 by  DAN PATTERSON

 


Trout carving Outline

Trace the side profile pattern to the wood block. The wood grain direction should run with the length of the fish. Use a square and draw a perpendicular line at the nose and at the tail junction.

 

     

 

Continue the perpendicular line on the top and align the top profile. Trace the top profile to top of block. Make sure it is facing the same as the side profile pattern.

 

     

 

Cut out the top profile first with a band saw. Enter the cut at the tail and exit the cut at the head then re-enter through the same exit cut. Cut down the other side of the top profile and exit through the entrance cut.

Re-position the two waste pieces just cut on the block. Turn the block so that the side profile is up and cut out the side profile. Now disassemble and remove the fish cutout. Draw a centerline on the cutout.

 

      

 

5. I adjust my table saw to 45 degrees and trim close, but not up to the center line. I cut top and bottom profiles on both sides. This step eliminates wood quicker but if you are not confident with your saw, skip this step and remove the wood by another means. It is very easy to cut to deep using this saw method. Draw in the basic detail just to guide you during wood removal.

 

 

Here is an anatomy diagram showing the shapes you develop while rounding and smoothing the fish. I sand both with a foredom tool and by hand, 80 to 150 grit.

 

 

I save the scrap from the cutout to practice on.

 

     

 

The tail is cut in two pieces to gain grain advantage, then glued back together. Here are all of the fins cut out. I leave the smaller fins joined together so that I can hold them more securely with my fingers while carving them.

 

     

 

9. Draw on the fin shapes, then remove the wood with a Foredom and round medium cut typhoon bit. I then sand with 80 to 250 grit, both with the Foredom and by hand. I then draw in the fin rays and cut them out with a small round flex tool gouge. Sand the ray, rounding them off then burn in the ray splits with an angled blade.

 

     

 

Here are the fin carving sequences in order.

 

 



 


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