Mobile wooden fish : carved and painted marine decor

The first time I decided to go out with my uncle looking for some driftwood was not as easy as I thought while closing the main door. I can still remember: it was in January in the early afternoon. Once there, I got in my mind the same beach but in the summer season, noisy, full of umbrellas and inflatables in spite of the desolation showing that time in front of me. Wherever there were trunks, large stones and an overall smaller space than I could remember. In winter storms waves are so long that they halve the depth of the entire beach, but it is also true that the erosion of the coasts is visible without technical tools. In short, I got lost in my environmental thoughts when, after hearing my name, I turned back to look at my uncle’s bag. It was full. I looked at mine. It was empty. Wisely he suggested to swap shopping bag so he could gather two or three more driftwood before going back home.

Later, he done a more accurate selection of wood. Those which were discarded would rather go into the stove, others would stand aside for a while to check they do not have “disagreeable guests” . It would be a pity to make a wooden mobile and then find out to burn it into the stove! After “quarantine” those will be used to create fish mobiles. It depends from the length of a single branch how big and high will become the decor.

While fish, butterflies, swans, geckos and other fantastic animals are made of fir that is sold in boards of different size and thickness in carpentry stores. On each board (approx size is 28″x40″) first he draws the contours shaped with the template, trying to leave as little scrap as possible (which will eventually end up in the stove) and then moves on to carving. The next step is smoothing (how much dust!). Finally he starts painting, relaxing while listening to the radio. During winter months as February and March the entire apartment is full of boards where lying all these creatures. While drying, fish, squids, mushrooms, Sicilies remind me sun dried tomatoes and it looks so weird! All those fish filling the mobiles will have a different treatment from magnets that will be decorated in full. Usually their eyes are painted one part at a time, if not the black color of the iris would be mixed with the white of the pupil. Unlikely the wooden magnets are painted first with the same color on both sides, then the decoration takes place on one side only. The following step is drilling each fish so then will be easier building up the mobile.

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