bio

Photo: Edwin Martin    

BIO

A circuitous path that began in the 1970’s as a Junior champion road cyclist during the golden age of bicycle racing - sexy Italian light weight steel frames and alloy components, silk tires, leather helmets, toe clips, wool riding garments, and when I developed an appreciation for beautiful hand craftsmanship and passion for my interests. Educated at the University of Maine with some influential experiences along the way including a teaching stint in Japan, spending several glorious years as a bird and trout bum, and a fly fishing guide - a pleasant way to be compensated for one of my passions and be near the species that inspires me to recreate them from wood and paint.

My carving origins began in the mid-nineties with working decoys. I loved the art and beauty of finely crafted decoys working on water or on display in one’s home, but my passion for fly fishing and trout made for a natural transition to fish carving.

18 and Living the Dream
circa 1981

Surf Scoter

Guiding on the East Outlet
Kennebec River Maine with my
handbuilt 18' Rogue River drift boat

MISSION

Create unique heirloom quality fish carvings while mitigating their environmental footprint, advocate Catch and Release angling and the conservation of wild indigenous fish species and their habitat.

LINKS

Native Trout

The Angler’s Life List & Native Fish Network

Fly Fishing for Native Species

Native Fish Society

Native Trout Fly Fishing

North American Native Fishes Association

Mexican Trout

Western Native Trout Initiative

World Trout Initiative

Conservation

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Balkan Trout Restoration Group

California Trout, Inc.

Coastal Conservation Association

Federation of Fly Fishers

Friends of Wild Salmon

Maine Rivers

Miramichi Salmon Association

Montana River Action

Nature Conservancy

Penobscot River Restoration Project

Stripers Forever

Trout Unlimited

Truchas Mexicanas

Wild Steelhead Coalition

Fly Fishing

Kennebec River Outfitters

Ray’s River Dories

Fly Fishing and Fish Carving

Ron Bailey's Carvings

Other Links

The Brilliant Mistakes

Edwin Martin Photography

Kathy Sarns Art Gallery

Kit Clark Furniture

Mike Chylinski Photography