Friday, December 27, 2013
Esox Lucius Northern Pike Fish Decoy Christmas present for Dad
My latest fish decoy, thanks for looking.
Working Northern Pike Fish Decoy. 12 inches long. Fins and tail from a vintage INDIAN FIRE PLUG tank lid. Tail pinned with brass nails, fins locked in poured lead old school. Vintage glass eyes. Carved by hand from dried white cedar. Pyrography by hand. Watercolor and acrylic paints with 4-5 coats of spar varnish. Esox Lucius.
When my Dad, Jim Stouffer, (Paw) passed away on November 19, two days after his 73rd birthday, I stayed home from work for a couple of days. It was hard to be around people and I retreated to the basement family cave. Not from my kids and wife for any purpose, but just to be alone and reflect. I guess. I cried a lot. Watched the movies Gettysburg and God's and Generals a lot and worked on this decoy. Came up with the idea to do watercolor for the first time and really enjoyed the wood burning.
My Dad would have loved it. It would be in his Christmas Stocking for sure and then proudly on display with many of my best at Mom and Dad's home.
Merry Christmas Dad, Love, Me.