Mermaids on Thompson

On a quaint little street in Fishtown, live these beauties, swaying back and forth in the breeze as though they were on the high seas. Well at least that’s how I see it!

This was one of my most ambitious projects to date, a two sided hanging mermaid sign with a number plate and a stained glass header. The sign itself is a sturdy .75” thick, and cut from a single piece of wood. It’s hinged half way , allowing the tails to sway back and forth in the wind, giving the mermaids motion. I envisioned them swimming at the rear of a Spanish Galleon, which was the inspiration for the shape of the stained glass.

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These mermaids are lucky to live above these beautiful window boxes!

These mermaids are lucky to live above these beautiful window boxes!

As the sun shifts, the stained glass changes color ever so slightly.

As the sun shifts, the stained glass changes color ever so slightly.

Thank You Cathy and Denise!

Thank You Cathy and Denise!

The Standard Shad

FRESH FISH for a changing neighborhood

On a random day in November, at a random hour in the middle of the week it struck me; It was time to make that fish sign! I went directly into my studio and found all the sketches, measurements and color studies. I prepped a piece wood and began cutting. Once I began painting, it wasn’t long until my very first hand-made “Fishtown” fish was complete and ready to hang. This was something on my “to do” list ever since buying this house. I probably would have bought a fish sign from the local Neighborhood Association if they had one available, but they didn’t. At least one in the shape of an actual shad. Plus I needed something with some personality, with some potential.

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My name is Troy, and this is my Standard Shad. I wasn’t trying to re-invent the fish sign. I took a classic approach to a sign everyone already loved, and updated it with my own idea of a durable piece of art that you can be proud to hang on the front of your home. Each sign is unique, I use high quality materials and offer a lifetime warranty.

And because I’d like these fish signs to do a little bit of good, for every one sold 10% of the sale will go to the Fishtown Neighborhood Association.

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No two are fish are identical! Each sign stays within a general color range and style in order to maintain its character and uniformity throughout the neighborhood. Each one is cut from MDO board, individually hand painted, and finally sealed with polyurethane.

Each sign measures 24” x 12”. It comes with a painted 3.5” hanging number plate, eye hooks, and chain.

Price: $99.00

Oh yeah! If you live in Fishtown, I’ll hand deliver your sign for free.

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Fish Jawn Down the Shore!

I'm incredibly excited to see one of my signs in Philadelphia Magazine! This past month the Jawn Fish made it's way down to Strathmere, NJ to find itself at this beautiful tiny beach house. Click HERE if you’d like a Jawn Sign.

A custom jawn for that tiny jawn!

A custom jawn for that tiny jawn!

Jenn Fred Checks out Beach Mini Home

Jenn Fred is with Bridget McMullin, an interior designer and home builder who has a unique take on the tiny home trend.

Source: https://www.themcmullindesigngroup.com/cus...

Tarpon Sign

For this sign the client didn’t want the official Fishtown Shad fish, he wanted a fish that I had never heard of, a tarpon. Keep an eye out and you might catch a glimpse of this beauty.

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This fish is found in the Atlantic Ocean and is considered one of the great saltwater game fishes, if lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of it in Fishtown. I bet this Tarpon put up a good fight!

This fish is found in the Atlantic Ocean and is considered one of the great saltwater game fishes, if lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of it in Fishtown. I bet this Tarpon put up a good fight!

Enjoy this Tarpon Recipe:

You probably don’t want to eat tarpon . This advice is based on sheer practicality. Tarpon is smelly, has far too many bones to be practical, and doesn’t taste particularly better than any other fish. The best way to enjoy it is to poach the crap out of it and then  make fish cakes with plenty of spices and aromatics  so you don’t really taste the tarpon.  Even then, you’re probably better off just going to the store and picking up some  salmon filets . They’ll taste better and are much, much easier to prepare.   Tarpon Fish Cakes Recipe   Ingredients:  about 2 quarts chicken broth or stock  3-4 lbs of cleaned and skinned tarpon fillets  1 onion, finely chopped  1 bell pepper, finely chopped  about 3 pounds of mashed potatoes  4 eggs  2 tablespoons of fancy mustard (deli or dijon)  1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or cumin  salt and pepper to taste  some oil for frying

You probably don’t want to eat tarpon. This advice is based on sheer practicality. Tarpon is smelly, has far too many bones to be practical, and doesn’t taste particularly better than any other fish. The best way to enjoy it is to poach the crap out of it and then make fish cakes with plenty of spices and aromatics so you don’t really taste the tarpon.

Even then, you’re probably better off just going to the store and picking up some salmon filets. They’ll taste better and are much, much easier to prepare.

Tarpon Fish Cakes Recipe

Ingredients:

about 2 quarts chicken broth or stock

3-4 lbs of cleaned and skinned tarpon fillets

1 onion, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, finely chopped

about 3 pounds of mashed potatoes

4 eggs

2 tablespoons of fancy mustard (deli or dijon)

1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or cumin

salt and pepper to taste

some oil for frying

This Charming Fishtown Sign

For the Tanenbaum sign we chose colors which would highlight scheme of this newly renovated row home. It really adds an element of charm and is the perfect accent to the home as well as the neighborhood.

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This particular sign was hand cut, painted and finished with 3 coats of polyurethane for a unique one of a kind aesthetic.

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The bold purple door is accentuated by the contrast of orange in this hanging fish.