Jules Kish spent his early years through high school growing up in Milford, CT on Long Island Sound. His home was located a stone’s throw from the mouth of the Housatonic River and the Wheeler Wildlife Preserve. By the time he was nine years old, he had his own rowboat and spent every waking moment of summer vacation on the water, swimming, fishing, and crabbing.
After graduating from the University of Bridgeport Cum Laude, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and from Yale with a Master of Engineering degree, Jules Kish worked for 38 years at Sikorsky Aircraft ending up as Chief of Transmission Design and Development, retiring in 2000.
Jules interest in art began in college and has stayed with him ever since. He began with oil painting, experimenting with style and subject matter. When he first began painting, he entered into many local art shows and has had several one man shows in the New Haven area.
In the 80’s, Jules turned to wood carving, starting with duck decoys. His favorite wood carving is of a full sized carousel horse that he completed using only hand tools. Living in Milford during this time, he would be visited every night by beach walkers who checked-in to view the progress of the horse.
Another wood carving, Das Oompah Band, consists of five jointed wooden band members dressed in leader hosen. A gear, cam-link mechanism underneath the band, controls the members so that they move to keep time with German “oompah” music. The back drop is a beer garden and a Tudor style home.
After taking a small boat building course at Mystic Seaport Museum, Jules fabricated a 12 foot Swampscott dory tender with steam bent ribs and lap strake planking. In more recent years, his attention has turned to fish carving.