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    When a commission is not a commission?

    A month or so back a good friend of mine who I met through the martial arts over 30-years ago called me up to chat. Well, actually I think he had an alternative motive. His kid, who I've known since he was knee-high to a grasshopper, who is a marine diesel mechanic and also holds a fishing Captain's license for the State of Florida , spends as much of his free time as he can deep sea fishing and had recently brought him over one of the large Cobia that he had caught. My buddy, his Dad, was so proud of him that he wanted to do something special. Many years ago I had given my friend a caricature martial arts figure and the first thing that came to his mind was to have me carve his kid a caricature fisherman. So I asked my buddy to send me a photo of his kid with the fish and I told him I'd come up with something but wouldn't make any promises.

    So what you see is an Eddy-Smiles original. If I was really a super talented carver the hat and the fish wouldn't have been carved separately, but it is what it is. 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 6" basswood practice block mounted on a small 2-1/2" basswood round. Finished in acrylics and sealed with matte poly.

    By the way, I carved this as a gift. I won't even take anything from him if he offers..... However, if his kid wants to drop off some fresh red snapper or grouper, would I refuse?



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  • #2
    Very nice flat plane carving, Eddy!

    Claude
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    • #3
      People deep-sea fish here but it getting fished out is why the fish cost more than the meat. Your carving brings back a lot of old memories of fishing for the ahi from the catamaran sailboats. Lots of good times then. Awesome carving brings back the old spirit of the ocean life. what a wonderful gift.
      . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

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      • #4
        Hi Eddy, Not a Bear but a Great Job Carving and Detailing , got to give the Painting an A+++ also. Merle

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        • #5
          No doubt about it Eddy, agree with Merle 100%. What do you use for the decal, paper solution, etc? I'm still fighting that process
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Thats a great carving Eddy ! The pressure is on when someone request something custom but you did great ! As far as refusing the kid dropping off fresh caught ANYTHING....oh hail noooooo take it and enjoy it !
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            • #7
              Nice carving and painting. The eye glasses really set it off. Glad it is going to a Vet, Eddy. Great gesture.
              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

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              • #8
                Nice one Eddy the face is just spot on. I think you nailed it mate looks awesome. As for turning down snapper or grouper. AS IF!!!! Not even in your dreams!!

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                • #9
                  Great carving/ Gift Eddy!.... you're a better man than me,.... I hate to do commissions,.... it just puts too much pressure on and seems to take all the fun out of carving (at least for me)
                  If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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                  • #10
                    Thats a keeper Eddy. Well done!
                    We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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                    • #11
                      Very well done!!

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                      • #12
                        Nice job Eddy!

                        BobL

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
                          No doubt about it Eddy, agree with Merle 100%. What do you use for the decal, paper solution, etc? I'm still fighting that process
                          Joe.... Same process I always use. Ink jet printer on plain paper using best setting. I usually print out multiples on the same piece of paper in different sizes incase I miss my first try. Then I cut them out, glue the backs with waterproof Type II and seal with poly along with the rest of the carving. No fuss, no muss, no bother. My only problem , and you most likely wont have it, is that my dang printer doesn't hold the settings so that I usually have to go to my HP Toolkit, check alignment and ink quality before I can get it to print out in the colors that I want.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Soggy View Post
                            Great carving/ Gift Eddy!.... you're a better man than me,.... I hate to do commissions,.... it just puts too much pressure on and seems to take all the fun out of carving (at least for me)
                            Soggy.... That's why I never take payment and always tell my clients that I'll give it a try but don't promise a thing. For me that removes all the pressure. If it happens, it happens, if not then no harm no foul. It also allows me to enjoy the work without worrying about the outcome. That's why I started the post out with "when a commission is not a commission!"

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                            • #15
                              Well done Eddy.

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