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By Carolyn Henderson
the Times 

Talk About Art


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A display of local artist Tom Schirm's realistic fish carvings are currently on display at Dayton's Wenaha Gallery.

If you think 101 Dalmatians is impressive, you should see 103 carved fish.

That's how many wooden fish sculptures Tom Schirm, a habitat biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, has carved over the last 25 years. Considering that each sculpture takes between 80 and 200-plus hours, that's a lot of time with both hand and power carving tools, airbrushes, and paint to turn several pieces of exotic hardwood into not only a fish, but the habitat in which it lives.

Because, you see, even the rocks around which the fish is swimming have to be carved from wood.

"In each composit...

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