These two Red Drum are feeding on polished stainless bait fish mounted on blue stained cherry wood. The wood backdrop really makes this piece special. The cherry for this project came from a stack of lumber that we bought from an acquaintance who was moving out of town. It was a mix of woods that he and his father before him had been collecting for decades. Much of the wood was his father’s and was 50-60 yeas old.
Although it had been properly stored, some of the wood was twisted and slightly warped, making it less than desirable for many traditional applications. Some of the boards were burled with what most would consider bad sections like knots and open areas in the grain. When it found a home at R Mended Metals, we didn’t waste any time putting it to good use. This cherry backdrop is a fine example.
Only just the right pieces of wood can accept blue stain and come out with the color palette displayed here. This piece was made for stock – not a commission piece. It sold immediately upon completion, and currently resides in a waterfront home in South Topsail, NC. The waters outside this home encompass many bays with reed beds and prime fishing grounds for red drum, which means this piece has indeed found the perfect home.
Like what you see? Check out another project we did with some of the maple from this bunch of wood – a map of BVI.