Hand Carved and Hand Painted
Native Wild Trout Sculptures – “Fresh From The Stream”
At the hands of Master Sculptor Franz Dutzler, a block of kiln dried alder transforms into an award winning, exact reproduction of one of the many native wild trout. An exquisite piece of art, Franz captures every minute detail of the wild fish in his wood carving sculptures. His attention to detail and the uncanny realism of each carved fish has become the unmistakable hallmark of his work.
Of all the fish sculptures that Franz carves, his love runs deepest for the native wild trout. He is concerned about the conservation of the wild trout and enjoys the challenge of carving the varieties of trout in the various regions of the United States. In addition to the Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Golden Trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead and Salmon, Franz also carves warm water game fish such as: bass, crappie, perch and, one of his favorite warm water fish, the Bone Fish.
Franz is an avid fly fisherman and carefully studies the wild fish he catches for shape, size and coloring, before returning them to the river alive. His wood fish carvings are translated from meticulous drawings he has made of live trout in their natural habitat. He painstakingly carves both fish and fins to produce a completely accurate carved fish. Oil paints are then layered and blended to create the illusion of iridescence in every silvery scale. Each individual step in the carving process is inspired by Franz's boundless reverence for the wild fish.
The fish sculpture is then mounted on a piece of driftwood and combined with a combination of either small fish, flies, frogs or sculpins, weeds, grasses and river rock to portray the natural habitat of the species. The entire fish scene is then covered by a Plexiglas case to protect the sculpture. Franz has studied fish on three continents and is dedicated to preserving the wild trout, both in the stream and in wood.