It’s probably true that most of us have some form of artwork that is related to fishing in our homes. From paintings and etchings to carvings and photographs, the list can be quite long. But sometimes there are pieces that stand out, mostly because they just shout out fishing. They adorn our homes, and anyone who drives up to the front door instantly knows that he’s at the home of a fisherman.
We all expect indoor artwork, and maybe that’s one reason I find a lot of outdoor artwork interesting; it’s where I don’t expect it. It’s made from materials that will stand up against the elements. From harsh Nor’easters to smoking hot August days, outdoor art is like most fishermen I know: tough.
Some are wrought iron masterpieces that just seem to look better and better with age. Hang ‘em from a wall of a barn or mount them as a weathervane, and you’ll have fond memories just by driving up to park your truck or looking up at the sky.
Out on the beach there are some very talented artists who are also fishermen. While running the beaches in search of striped bass and bluefish, they’ll pick up scraps of driftwood, particularly after a storm. After a substantial pile has been collected, they’ll get to work fashioning creatures from the sea that come in the form of a fish or a sea star. To me their creativity is inspiring.
Check out this outdoor Christmas tree made out of old paddles. The handles were cut down to a variety of lengths, with wider blades at the base and narrower blades at the top. Someone had a great idea for this one as well as access to a lot of old paddles!
Fishing art can be as simple as a pattern cut from a piece of plywood. When you’re surveying a piece of wood and your thoughts turn to fishing, you might come up with a robust Atlantic salmon. This one was from the wall of a camp in Canada, and the play on words was as ideal as the fish.
Fishing. We just can’t get enough. How about sending along some of your favorite pieces of fishing art? Or post it to our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/takemefishing.
Tom Keer is an award-winning freelance writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He regularly writes for over a dozen magazines, and is the contributing editor of Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America and a columnist for The Upland Almanac. His book a “Flyfisher’s Guide to the New England Coast” was published by Wilderness Adventures Press in 2010. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com