Ellen McCaleb

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Ellen McCaleb is a fish carver and painter who recreates trophy fish decoys off of client photographs and measurements. Her work follows the wood carving traditions established in Europe during the 19th century.[1]

McCaleb works out of a farmhouse in New Hampshire using a band saw, two-handled drawknife, and two-handled spokeshave to shape the fish, before filing, sanding and rasping them. A five layer paint takes six weeks, and there is a 12-month order backlog for the sculptures that start at $110 per inch and were described in Forbes as being so beautiful "that your descendants will be gaffing one another to inherit them."[2]


  1. ^ Janet Medelsohn Ellen McCaleb March/April 2008 Accent
  2. ^ Barnaby Conrad III "The Waiting List; Ellen McCaleb Fish Carvings" October 2009 page 42 Forbes Life

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