Whenever someone asks where I bought something I like being able to tell them I made it. Lately I have been more interested in working with wood. Making furniture and things for around the house has a lot of appeal to me. To make this whale I started with a template I drew using some sketch paper. I had a piece of pine that used to be a shelve in my closet that has been sitting on the side of my hose for about eight months now. It was barely painted so I figured doing a rustic white whale would be a good way to go with it. I used spray adhesive to stick it to the wood.
I used a fine toothed jig saw and just followed the outline. I had some trouble with the tail so I had to do a little free handing. Then it was time to remove the paper using mineral spirits and sanding the edges and corners with a random orbital sander.
I gouged the wood with a flat head screwdriver and colored it in to form the eye, eyebrow, and flipper. I finished it with spray varnish to lock it all in. I stapled some braided fishing line doubled over its self and twisted to hang it from. The didn't turn out exactly how I wanted but that is OK. I plan on giving a few as gifts so these are good practice.
It is really fun and pretty simple making these fish. I even did a flounder.
I hope this inspires some of you to hit the shop and make some gifts for this holiday season.