Big Fish: Wood carver enjoys fishing for those fish he carves

The Outdoor Journal

Bob Batchik created this giant steelhead carving as a commissioned work for musician Huey Lewis. The wood fish hangs over the front door of  the musician's California studeo. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Batchik. Bob Batchik created this giant steelhead carving as a commissioned work for musician Huey Lewis. The wood fish hangs over the front door of the musician’s California studio. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Batchik.

By Howard Meyerson

SYLVAN LAKE, MI — Bob Batchik has long been hooked on fish and fishing: bluegills, trout, bass, pike and perch. He isn’t fussy. He likes them all – particularly if he has a carving knife in hand.

An avid fly angler and suburban Detroit graphic designer, Batchik has carved out a niche and built a business creating colorful, sometimes super-sized, fish carvings that become bold adornments for client’s gardens, fences, cottages and cabins. A larger than life steelhead he carved in 2012, hangs over the door of Huey Lewis’s California music studio. The popular musician found Batchik’s work on the Internet and commissioned him to create the fish.

“I like the old way of…

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