Badger and I are very different kinds of people, and yet we usually seem to compliment one another in easy ways. There are a few things that we do not agree on; his love of 80s music is a regular point of contention, and he's not a huge fan of traditional Greek music, but we both do love our friend Chris Offutt's work (aka DJ Black Velveteen). However, to alleviate drama we mostly just avoid the subjects that cause trouble and return to talking about food ...
Art is a sticky one. I'm not sure if he senses me raising my eyebrows at him or not when he states appreciation for something I think would be better suited for cleaning the inside of the black water tank, but I know just what he is thinking when he does that slight shaking-of-the-head thing when I express adoration for some steampunk creation—he's saying to himself "Seriously? You would pay money for that rusty pile of junk with a sawed apart doll the guy found in the back alley glued to it?"
A few months ago we were in Port Townsend (Washington) and ran across some amazing salmon sculptures made out of a wood called Buckeye Burl. Both of us immediately fell in love with them. Surprise! Here's a picture of Shannon amongst the wood that day ...
So, on a return trip to Port Townsend a few weeks ago, we went back to the shop in the hopes of finding a salmon that would fit above the door of the Airstream. We arrived with a template that represented the extents of how large the fish could be, and which direction it had to point (left). Sure enough, a favorite one of those available fit our specifications perfectly. So we bought him and brought him home (via a detour to play some pool at the local Amercian Legion). He somehow donned the hick-sounding nickname Bucky in no time. Here's a picture of Shannon holding him up when we returned home to the Airsteam (we were camping at the local marina).
As it turns out, Buckeye Burl is a very light wood; it weighs so little it is quite a surprise the first time you pick it up. And thus, gratefully, instead of having to poke holes in the Airstream, we found that industrial hook-and-loop (velcro) worked just fine (the shopkeeper had suggested this solution and he was dead on). In fact, Bucky is stuck on there so well that he may be there permanently. Anyone need an Airstream with an onboard wooden fish? We'll be selling in 15 years or so ... (maybe).
Our lovely salmon was made by Ken Hansen.
The shop is:
Forest Gems Gallery
807 Washington Street
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
"Thanks for all the fish!"