Rob Gorrell - Folk Artist

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And now, Fish on a Stick.

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Maybe it is a throw back to the days when I was more production oriented than I am now, but usually when I start making something I cut out parts for several items at once.  Along with the thin blanks that I used for Dork Fish and Punk Fish, I cut a 3 inch thick blank from some soft pine that I have salvaged. It was a scrap from a log home construction site.  At first I was planning on making a weather vane, complete with compass points. But when I got to this point I decided I liked the idea of it being on a simple cedar log stand.  As it neared completion my wife kept calling it the "fish on a stick", like Jeff Dunham's "jalapeno on a stick".  After a while the name Fish Stick just kind of stuck.

I am a beginning carver, so this is a bit primitive. But I am happy with the outcome. He is pretty beat up, with beer cap eyes and tin can fins. I added several coats of acrylic paint that I distressed to show colors through the layers.  The heat gut got a work out on this project.  If you are using a heat gun be very careful. There is a fine line between blistered paint and wood project smoking.

I think this is the end of the fish for a little while. I have some other tramp art projects in progress and am trying to get my newly aquired antique blacksmith forges repaired and ready to use for the summer.

This project  is for sale in my Etsy Store.

>The Dork Fish is almost finished.

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>After many delays the Dork Fish sign is almost complete.  I have spent a few evenings tinkering with the painted finish and think I am getting close to being satisfied with it.  Using acrylic paints, a heat gun, the kitchen freezer, and various scrapers, I have built up layers of distressed color that I was hoping would sort of look like plaid pants on a fish........not quite there yet.

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>The Dork Fish - continued

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>I cannot draw. That is a sad fact, but I can't. There is a serious disconnect between brain and pencil going on when I try. So I pulled out Folk Art Weather Vanes for a fish pattern and adapted it to my dork fish. From here I made a rustic wood frame and background from some poplar that was given to me. I also cut out the fish shape and roughly carved the blank into a fish body of sorts. The fins will be added later.

The new thing I tried for this was to flatten beer caps with a hammer and burn the finish off the caps. They came out in various stages of burned. Next I nailed the caps to the background to try to simulate water and waves. It looks pretty cool to me at this point. I will have to decide later on if I want to add any paint.

So here is where the project is right now:

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>Glorify in your personal geekness.

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>I have a sign over my workshop that I bought at the first big city trade show that I exhibited in, about 12 or 13 years ago. It was made by a fellow in Kentucky back before all the Chinese knockoffs of these signs started pouring in. I have lost his name unfortunately. It always makes me smile.

OK, a seemingly unrelated thing is that I think Bill Engvall is the funniest thing walking. A while back he did a story about a "Dork Fish" which slayed me.

Finally. We had been saving beer caps in an old crock for quite a while and it was full. A recent conversation with some artist friends (Hi Jim and Mary) gave me a idea of using mashed beer caps to simulate water.

I cannot draw. That is a sad fact, but I can't. There is a serious disconnect between brain and pencil going on when I try. So I pulled out Folk Art Weather Vanes for a fish pattern and adapted it to my dork fish.

From here I made a rustic wood frame and background from some poplar that was given to me. I also cut out the fish shape and roughly carved the blank into a fish body of sorts. The fins will be added later.

The new thing I tried for this was to flatten beer caps with a hammer and burn the finish off the caps. They came out in various stages of burned. Next I nailed the caps to the background to try to simulate water and waves. It looks pretty cool to me at this point. I will have to decide later on if I want to add any paint.

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