Replica of Salmon head customized for donation box at Leavenworth Fish Hatchery

Looking for a unique stop (or tour) during your travels this year? Consider visiting a fish hatchery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established a National Fish Hatchery System to support the conservation of native fish species, and with locations throughout the U.S., chances are there is a hatchery near you! Link to National Hatchery Map.

This brings us to our latest fish replica project for Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

Friends of Northwest Hatcheries  sent us a photo they found from another non-profit and asked if we could help with this design idea they had for a “donation box”. SalmonHeadDonationBoxSeems they already had the box builder, but needed Luke to design a custom salmon head to place on the top, encouraging folks to offer donations to support their mission; to increase the awareness of the relationship between people and the environment.

After a few sketches and sculpting the salmon head so it would allow for money (or an envelope) to be dropped through the mouth, we delivered the project to the hatchery for the next stage of their project.

Turned-out pretty cool…don’t you think?

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Luke Filmer has also created custom fish replicas for the following national fish hatcheries:

Carson National Fish Hatchery

Double Chinook Steelhead display for Carson National Fish Hatchery, Carson WA.
Double Chinook Steelhead display for Carson National Fish Hatchery, Carson WA.

Winthrop National Fish Hatchery

Winthrop National Fish Hatchery Washington State Luke Filmer with Steelhead_Salmon fish replicas
Far Left: Coho Salmon replica, Middle: King Salmon replica, Far Right: Steelhead replica. These are replicas of all species found in the Methow River.

Have a commercial or interior fish art project in mind? Email Luke at: or call 360-683-0138.

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