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Custom Carved Matching Shotguns for Three Sons
This is a commission done for a client that wanted three matching shotguns carved for his boys. They were all the same model and gauge – H & R Pardner model single shots in 20 gauge. He wanted them personalized for each son.
The client mentioned that the boys like to go Squirrel hunting so I suggested a squirrel carving on each stock along with the boy’s name. I told him I could make each squirrel carving different so each could really know their shotgun from the others. I really enjoy working on a gift for a young hunter. I like to believe that the carving will make it special and will help build a lifelong love of the outdoors.
The squirrels were carved in the laminate wood stocks, three different squirrels for three different young hunters. The were carved in an inlaid style and were stained a dark Walnut color after completion since, the wood is white when carved.
I finished their carvings with several coats of Birchwood Casey TruOil finish and they are now ready for Christmas. Following that, these individual Family Heirlooms will be ready for years of use and years of memories in the field.
Would you like something like this on your child’s or grandchild’s new firearm, email me and we can design your own Family Heirloom.
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A Squirrel Gun – Literally !
This is the rifle stock I am carving for the “Friends of NRA” that I mentioned in a previous blog. The actual carving of the custom gun stock is complete, but now the staining and finishing needs to be done. After I designed and carved the gun stock on this Ruger model 10/22, I coated all the carved areas with a coat of Minwax pre-stain conditioner. This allows for an even stain color on this hardwood. Without this step, the stained area would come out blotchy.
I let the stock dry for 30 minutes then put a liberal amount of Minwax ”special walnut” stain on all the carved areas. I use the oil-based stains, not water-based. Yes, It’s Messy – Rubber gloves and numerous rags are a must for this step! I let the stain sit on the stock for a few minutes and wiped off the excess. I wanted the base color a little darker so I did another coat, let it stand for two more minutes, and wiped it again. It’s now ready for staining the contrasting colors of the leaves, bark , of course the squirrel.
I used oil paints to stain the carved areas. If you dilute the paints down they are an endless array of colored wood stains. A little bit of mixing with the yellow and the red paints got me the variations of the fall color of the maple leaves. Stains enhance the carving details (you can even see the wood grain through the stains) - thick paint would cover up intricate details like the vanes in the leaves and the squirrels hair.
I contrasted the Maple leaf carvings with a basket weave pattern on the grip and the forearm of this rifle. I made sure the stain brought out the texture of the individual strands of “rattan” in the weave. The carving on the oppose side of the buttstock is the logo of the “Friends of NRA”. I finished it off with a Tung Oil Finish. I was happy to donate my designs and carvings to this great cause. This Custom Carved Rifle will be part of a live auction at the Pinal County “Friends of NRA” Fundraising Banquet on April 30th in Casa Grande, AZ. I will be carving the winning bidder’s initials or name in the stock at their request.
If you would like to bid on, and own this rifle, or…. if you are in the Casa Grande, Arizona area and would like to attend this fundraising event, here is a link with information:
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Custom Carving of Squirrel on Ruger 10/22
I am starting a new carving for a rifle that will be auctioned of at a NRA Fundraising banquet. The carving is currently in the design stage and I wanted to show the rough design drawing I have for the but stock of this Ruger 10/22. For those of you that are not familiar with Ruger’s model 10/22 rifle, here is a photo of the rifle.
I thought it might interesting to show the starting point for a gun stock carving – the design stage. The pencil drawing below gives you an idea of the design plan. You can’t just sit down and start carving, the design ideas take some time. In this Squirrel carving, the Squirrel sits in the fork of a maple tree enjoying a meal. The maple leaf carvings will work their way along the entire stock up through the forearm. Drawing all the leaves so they are not just the same leaf over and over is a bit of work. The leaves will be stained to show the beautiful fall color palette. The final staining of the individual leaves will be the part that will really sets this carving off. This Custom Carved Rifle will be a featured rifle at the Pinal County Friends of NRA Banquet Auction on April 30th.
I have to go now, I have a bit of carving to do…………..
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