Dave Disselbrett
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Dave Disselbrett Students

Dave Disselbrett, a long time member and woodcarving instructor had a vision of creating a book of humorous carvings by his students. Unfortunately Dave never realized this vision before his passing. This online book contains the few carvings he was able to assemble in 2017. Attribution for each carving has been lost over the years but those who contributed did a great job. Thank you.

Man Eating Guppy (Gupus Veracious)

The Man Eating Guppy is native to all waters of Oregon favored by swimmers, surfers, fishermen, divers, and other water sports enthusiasts. This fish is largest of the Guppy fishes and its distinguishing characteristic, aside from size, is its large canine teeth. These teeth are used to trap and hold unsuspecting prey beneath the water. The Man Eating Guppy is often observed stocking water skiers then with a sudden surge it quickly overtakes the skier who seldom escapes. Marine biologists have attempted to eradicate this species but many of these scientists have never been seen since their futile attempt. Do not approach the Man Eating Guppy!

California Guppy (Gupus Amongus)

Gupus Amongus is a native of the L A River. Years ago they started showing up in Oregon and Washington in small Numbers, but recently It has turned into a major migration. This is probably because the L A River has been cemented in and only has water in it when it rains (which isn t very often). Note that this fish is concrete colored, for camouflage from predators. I'm told that the California Guppy is showing up in Idaho and Montana also.

Willamette Wader (Gupus Willamatus)

This fish used to live in the Wiilamette River-but because of the pollution it now only wades along the shore. It has developed long pectoral fins to keep it as far from the water as possible. Specimens with strange colors and other mutations have been report|ed-though not verified.

Yuppie Guppie (Gupus Yuppus)

You are looking at Gupus Yuppus in his summer coloration-He still retains a bit of deep sea green from wintering at Cabo San Lucas-but the pure blue blood that Darks his summer coloration is becoming more evident as he settles into the Lake Oswego lifestyle for the summer. Gupus Yuppus likes to stay connected to his friends, and is always ready for a game of golf.

Oregon Fern Fish (Gupus Forestus)

This fish lives in the Oregon rainforest-it rains so much there that it never goes near the water. The green color helps it blend in with the ferns and moss on the forest floor, as do the blobs of mud-thrown up by its pectoral fins as it ''walks''. It's large eyes help it to see in the dim light. Biologists hypothesize that the brown spots are from eating Banana Slugs, a major part of its diet.

"D" River Shorty (Gupus Minimus)

Smallest of the Gupus family, "Shorty" is native to the worlds shortest river, the "D'' River of Lincoln City, OR. Shorty sports an unusual coloring pattern with a dark underbelly to blend with the shallow river gravel. The white fins and tail can not be distinguished from the rivers foam and whitecaps. This species is known for a severe inferiority complex due to its size.

Umatilla Glowing Guppy (Gupus Chemiculus)

The Glowing Guppy evolved in the waters of the Columbia River close to the Umatilla Chemical Depot. As it adapted to its environment it absorbed leaking chemicals thereby making it glow in the deep dark waters it calls home. This Guppy is endangered as it cannot hide from its predators. It does have a plan though; as predators eat this brightly shining Guppy the chemicals are passed on thereby ensuring the Upper Columbia River will always have a special glow.

Alsea Survivor (Gupus Toughus)

As the battle for habitat heats up between the "Natives" and hatchery fish, we have noticed some "survivor" adaptations by the hatchery fish, in the Alsea river basin. This fish has evolved a hardened carapace to help it cope with the particular dangers of its habitat. This fish is especially common in the Fall Creek drainage. Good luck Gupus!

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