Not long ago we told you about an artist in Wisconsin who made crazy-cool metal fish trophies, including a freestanding muskie that has to be seen to be believed.
Now we’ve discovered a guy in Idaho who uses a totally different process, and he specializes in saltwater species, as well as various salmon and trout.
Ken’s Custom Hammered Steel specializes in hand-drawn, cut and hammer-formed steel fish art. Each piece is made to order.
Check out the video below to see the amazing process. The finished tarpon is breathtaking. Total time on the project was about 3 hours.
You’ll have to contact Ken directly via Facebook to confirm, but according to comments he’s posted online recently, his prices seem very reasonable. For example, the tarpon shown in the video is $165, plus shipping. Unpainted trophies cost less than painted ones.
Right now Ken, whose fish art is self-taught, is super busy, and judging by the quality of his work, we think that will only continue. In fact, he recently posted: “I’m booked for 10 weeks. I can’t take any additional orders until I catch up. Huge thanks to everyone. All paid orders are on schedule.”
If you don’t want to wait, Ken has a unique opportunity to buy a set of four steel trophies (shown above) in an online auction. Check this out: He’s taking bids online via Facebook until April 15, 2017. He’s calling it the Wounded Marines Reunion Hunt Auction.
According to Ken: “We are flying in two wounded Marines to reunite them and take them on a private land, big game hunt 100 percent of money raised will help fund the trip; USMC Phillip Bowman and USMC SGTMAJ Justin Ezill. Auction fish are all around 20 inches and come together as a set. Just message me a bid.”
Note: As of April 7 at 9:30 a.m. (CST) the top bid was $300. Per Ken: “I’m taking bids to April 15. These boys deserve it.”
So there you have it – you can buy four trophies and help out some wounded Marines, too. Nice.
P.S. Scroll down to see other examples of Ken’s wonderful work.