Original wood fish carvings by artist Del Calhoun

Ruskin, Florida · 426 Sales


Original wood fish carvings by artist Del Calhoun

Ruskin, Florida 426 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Because fishing is a full time obsession


Last updated on Jul 11, 2018

Because fishing is a full time obsession

Del Calhoun

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Del Calhoun


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Because fishing is a full-time obsession

Hello, and thank you for visiting my shop. This is what happens when an artist is obsessed with fish.

All my life I have had a passion for fish. As a kid I would fish as often as possible. In my twenties and thirties I switched from catching fish to keeping them in aquariums (a lot of them). In my forties I switched back to fishing and have been loving it since. Living here in the Tampa area I now find that if I’m not on the water catching them, I’m at home making them.

Each fish is unique in that it is hand carved from wood, hand painted and signed. With special attention to capturing the characteristics of a species. The body of the fish is carved from pine. The dorsal and anal fins are carved from poplar. The back of the fish is flat, with a hanger attached and is signed. The fish also has a glass eye. The majority of the shaping is done with a grinder and carving tool. Shaping the fish may make me feel like a sculptor but the magic really starts after the fish is carved and the painting begins.

Once the fish is carved it is sealed with a sanding sealer. Each fish is painted with water based acrylic. The under coats are applied and then the fish is detailed out with an airbrush. Using an airbrush is the best way to apply the many layers required to give the fish depth and a perception of reality. Some of the fish have as many as fifteen different colors, including reflective colors that can only be seen from certain angles. After the fish is painted it is protected with several layers of water based gloss urethane.

Some day I’ll see the Doc to find out why I’m so addicted to fish but until then, this is my therapy.

Thanks again for your interest.

Del Calhoun

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  • Del Calhoun

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    100% fish geek hoping to create pieces that make you smile.

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Last updated on July 11, 2018

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
There is a 14 day return policy. The price of the item, and the orginial shipping price will be refunded.
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Shipping note: Ready to ship items go out in 1 to 3 business days. Custom orders usually take 2 weeks.
Additional policies and FAQs
Because each fish is hand carved and painted, no two fish will be exactly alike. The size and shape of the fish will be the same but some of the details may differ from the picture shown. I also enjoy making custom orders to your size and specifications. All questions are welcome!