Posts Tagged ‘Custom gunstock carving’
Custom Carved Whitetail on an 870 Shotgun.
In the eastern half of the United States it is very common for deer hunting to be allowed only with shotguns with shotgun slugs or buckshot. In the heavily populated states they do this for safety. I was commissioned to carve a Whitetail Deer on the stock of a Remington 870 shotgun. This was his “deer gun”.
My client wanted it as a Christmas present for her husband. This was going to be a working gun – a gun to be used in the field. My client said they wanted a “Big Buck” so that’s what I carved. A Boone & Crockett worthy Whitetail Buck.
Many rifle stocks now are made from light colored hardwoods and the stained and Lacquered. Walnut stocks are becoming very rare in modern firearms. The light colored stocks and laminated stocks need an extra step to be completed be for they are done – staining the the carving.
Above, you can see that the wood under the surface is white so it needed to be stained befor finishing. Below ,you can see the carving after staining and finishing.
It got there in time for Christmas and there was one very happy hunter when he found this under the tree.
If this is something that interests you for your firearm, drop me an email.
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Custom Carving a Rancher’s Brand on his Rifle Stock
This gentleman wanted his registered brand engraved on the butt of his rifle stock. He is very active in Cowboy Action Shooting and it’s a lever action rifle he uses in competion. I started out by tracing around one of his actual branding irons the get the exact “Branding Iron” look for the carving.
We decides to make it a simulated Ivory Inlay with carving around it. The first step was to center the design and carve out the design area for the ivory. The wood is carved out with an undercut or “dovetail” to hold the Ivory when it sets. Then I surrounded the carved area with clay and pour the simulated Ivory, When it hardened and the clay was removed, it looked like this.
The brand was left with plenty of extra material to work with. The goal with the raised Ivory brand was to shape it down, but still have it be slightly higher than the stock itself. The top of the Ivory carving was rounded.
I then put a final shape to the ivory brand letter edges and shaped the wood around the Ivory with a stippling process.
The carved wood area was then stained a deep Walnut color for deeper contrast with the Ivory brand and then given a day to dry completely. The carving was given several coats of Tung oil finish.
Does a carving like this interest you for your rifle? Drop me an email – lets discuss it.
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Arizona Elk Rifle
I was approached over a year ago by a gentleman with the Arizona Game Rangers Lodge about custom carving a rifle stock for the 2012 North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA) National Conference that was being held in Tucson in July of 2012.
It was going to be a totally custom rifle – a rebarreled classic Mauser 98 action – Walnut stock – fiberglass bedding – new scope – and they wanted the stock carved. This would be the centerpiece of the live auction at their banquet. Of course I told him I would be honored to do the work for this organization and this event.
The stock was received in April and I was asked to carve it to showcase Arizona – make it with a prominent Arizona Game Animal. Since I was given Artistic “free rein”, and since Arizona is known for having some of the biggest Elk in the country, I chose a scene with a Bugling Bull Elk on the rifle’s buttstock. This was a real “treat” since the stock was made from top-notch, tight grained Walnut and as all fine Walnut does, it held the carving of fine details perfectly.
Below are photos of the various stages of the carving.
The initial rough out carving
Adding more detail
Final carving touches
Working on the final staining
The grip and forearm were carved with Basketweave and Leaves.
The Arizona Game Rangers Lodge logo of a Mountain Lion was carved just below the stock’s cheek piece.
I look forward to seeing this stock on the completed rifle at their banquet later this month. This Custom rifle should be a real winner for them. I hope to post some photos of it later this month.
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Upcoming Events for Lance Larson Studio
June 25th & 26th
I will be displaying my custom carved gunstocks at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Mesa, Arizona on June 25th & 26th. The Gun show is being held in Mesa’s Centennial Hall.
July 1st through July 4th
My dog Mauser and I will be displaying my Custom Gunstocks Carvings and Hand Carved Art at the “RAILHEAD” Single Action Shooting Society (S.A.S.S.) competition in Williams, Arizona on July 1st – July 4th. Four days outdoors in the pines…..does it get any better? I will be located right out at the competition range outside of Williams, Arizona. Williams is right off the freeway on historic Route 66.
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Monster Desert Mule Deer Buck
This trophy desert mule deer relief carving on the Mauser rifle is completed. The relief carving features a huge Mule Deer buck jumping over a downed Saguaro cactus skeleton. The desert mountain backdrop with more Saguaros and a rocky foreground with Prickly Pear cactus complete the scene. The harsh landscape of the Southwest Desert produces some enormous Mule Deer. Like this one.
The forearm and grips were carved in a basketweave pattern. Hand carved oak leaves accent the basketweave on all sides. I also carved a nice 4×4 Mule Deer antler shed on the opposite side of the buttstock just below the cheek piece. I took a photo of an actual shed that the client had and carved an exact copy of that shed antler.
When I completed the carvings, the staining was done by using oil paints diluted down to work as more of a stain than paint. The more coats I put on an area, the darker it became. This allowed me to blend the light colored rump and belly of the Mule deer with the darker brown of the back and sides of the deer. This brings in a more natural look. The carvings were finished with a couple of coats of Tung Oil finish.
This custom carved gunstock is ready to be both a rifle for hunting and a family heirloom for years to come. The client and I spent quite a bit of time designing what he wanted in his custom carved rifle. If this interests you, contact me, you and I can design the perfect carving for your rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
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