a fish

my fish

my fish
i spent thanksgiving with my best and oldest friend and her immediate family… they always welcome me with open arms and make me feel at home. within 20 minutes of my arrival last thursday there was an enormous gift in my arms and when i peeled away the paper and cardboard there was a big fish, made of maple, cut and finished by heather’s dad, who is so wonderful to me.

the fish design is one that i created when making eraser stamps, and heather printed it out and enlarged it times 500 (or more?) for her dad to work with. it’s so big (25 inches from nose to tip of tail), the fish is composed of two boards, seamlessly doweled and glued together…

i’m still not sure what i’m going to do with my new fish. it could be a cutting board, but i don’t think i want knives anywhere near it. i may finish it with some poly. or i could paint it, but i probably won’t do that.  i may try to figure out how to put it on a wall. for now, i’m going to let it be until i know exactly where it’s going.

thank you, jerry.

(you, too, heather!)

16 responses to “a fish”

  1. Fiona says:

    Such a lovely clean shape. Could I copy it for a pair of silver earrings please?

  2. jess says:

    What a beautiful gift.

  3. molly says:

    that was such a thoughtful thing to do. i agree with you. just keep it out in the open in your home and it will find its place. so glad you had a nice holiday, jen.

  4. Rebecca says:

    How gorgeous! It looks so smooth and tactile.

  5. jenn says:

    it’s really stunning, and what a a lovely treat from H’s dad! You’ll know what to do with it when the time comes, until then just enjoy…. glub, glub, glub…

  6. heather says:

    fishy, fishy … i love the fishy! you’re so welcome. and you are welcome to be part of the family any time. (i have no idea how many times the fish was enlarged … I just know i had to tape two 11x17s together to get a pattern. :) )

  7. kathryn says:

    Love, love, love it!

  8. Anna says:

    Super duper fantastic! I love it. That heather and family – they’re keepers.

  9. UK lass in US says:

    It’s beautiful!

    One of my regrets in life is not marrying a woodworker – or at least someone that owns the tools. Sure, my husband has his uses, but still…

  10. heather says:

    thanks anna!

  11. Jen says:

    That’s AMAZING!

  12. cindy says:

    that is the most wonderful gift! wow! the color is perfect and i love how he gave you the little eye cutout. so, when you think ‘painted fish studio’ is not such a good name look at that wonderful board, which i wouldn’t do a thing to other than display it, and get over it.

  13. Laura says:

    Thanks for spending Thanksgiving with us and putting up with the Latzig madness! It was wonderful having you with us. Jerry is humbled by your response to his gift, but secretly very pleased. He truly enjoys making things that bring people pleasure. You are welcome as one of our family any time.

  14. jackie says:

    oh. my. gosh. this just radiates with such good vibe feelings. all of it, the shared thanksgiving, the gorgeous fish board, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful (i sound like lawrence welk)(and i just revealed how frickin old i am…)
    i think that gifted man needs to open his own etsy shop now!!

  15. evalynn says:

    aw! that’s really sweet and beautiful.

  16. la ninja says:

    on the wall, on the wall (or on a shelf, on a shelf.)
    don’t mess it up with anything. it’s PERFECT.
    what a wonderful gift :)

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