A sense of grain
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Photos by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Greg Landeis, owner of Black Spruce Studios, talks about a heart-shaped wooden frame that he is designing for a client's wedding on Saturday May 6, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. Landeis carved the heart shape out of the wood and into smaller pieces that can be signed by wedding guests before being set back into the frame and affixed permanently into the piece.
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Landeis works with wood from all over the country including this hunk of cottonwood from Nikiski.
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A bear paw carved out of spalted birch is set into a box made of cedar from North Carolina at Black Spruce Studios in Sterling, Alaska. To achieve this effect, Landeis must carve a space into the box to fit each of the pieces of spalted birch.
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Landeis burns fish scales into a wooden rainbow trout as his dog Coot looks on.
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Landeis uses a process involving a coating the wood before painting to rid some of the things he carves of visible wood grain.
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A handful of handcarved fins ready to be fitted onto a rainbow trout Landeis is currently working on at Black Spruce Studios.. Landeis said he spends hours with an underwater camera watching how the fish in Alaska's rivers move their fins in order to replicate the effects when he carves.
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Landeis burns fish scales into a rainbow trout he is carving for a client.
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An unfinished fin for a carved rainbow trout.
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Greg Landeis reminder note scrawled onto the wall of Black Spruce Studios above one of his work benches, helps him remember the pieces he needs to include in his process for carving a fish.
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Mocha and Coot, keep Landeis company in his shop. He says the two are excellent bird hunting companions.
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One of Landeis' creations, a carving of a northern pike chasing a dolly varden, hangs above a counter on Saturday June 6, 2015 at Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna, Alaska.