Matching Ithaca Model 37 Custom Carved Shotguns
This is a carving commission like none other I have ever had. This gentleman wanted to give a wedding gift to a good friend that would truly be one to be remembered forever.
He wanted to give the Bride & Groom, His and Hers shotguns and have them custom carved and matching. When we talked initially, he had not decided on a make or model of shotgun for the gift but only knew that there had to be beautiful wood on the shotguns.
He did decide on the shotguns by Ithaca Gun and the Model 37 pump shotgun. He went directly to the manufacturer and by doing that he was able to custom order a higher grade of wood for the stocks. He ordered a Ladies Featherlight and a Trap Model, both the model 37 Pump.
Here is a little info on the shotguns from the Ithaca Website.
Model 37® Ladies Stock
Ithaca Gun is proud to introduce the new Model 37® Featherlight® with Ladies Stock. The gun features a unique drop of comb, drop of heel, cast pitch, and toe out. Since this stock is designed for women shooters, the ergonomics make it comfortable and well-fitting for women. It is available in 20 gauge only.
The Ladies Stock project began in December 2008 from a simple conversation with a firearm instructor who was disappointed that no manufacture offered an off the shelf firearm that would fit the average woman. We took this as a challenge and set out to build it with the input from many people both in and outside of our industry.
Model 37® Trap Model
The Trap Model holds all the features as the traditional Model 37 with the exception that it comes with a Monte Carlo style stock. This stock can also come with an adjustable comb.
Ithaca actually shipped the finished stocks directly to me. The plan was then for me to complete my work, then ship the custom carved stocks back to Ithaca to be fitted to the shotguns and then be shipped to the client – all in time for the wedding.
The wood Quality and Beauty was fantastic and while the guns were being ordered and produced, my client and I finalized the carving designs on the stocks. He chose Basketweave, Oak Leaves, and Acorns. To make the two guns matching yet slightly different, I designed the Basketweave on the Brides stock slightly smaller in scale, and the leaves were to be carved in a bit different style. Both had the same elements, but different enough to see His & Hers easily. Also I added a Monogram of the Bride and Groom’s initials were added to their respective stocks, as well as the Wedding date.
The first step was to remove the checkering on the buttstock and forearm. This was very touchy work on the forearm since the wood was very thin in this area. I had the barely shave the checkering off to have enough wood to still carve the Basketweave into this area. The buttstock was thicker, hence more forgiving, allowing me to carve the weave area with no worries of totally penetrating the wood. All Leaf carving outside of the basketweave area was carved in an inlaid style with no exterior relief. This allowed for showing off as much of the beautiful wood grain of the stock as possible. I had suggested not to do any scenes on the off side of the buttstock because the stock wood was just too pretty to carve over. The client agreed.
After the carving was complete and the carvings finished, the stocks were shipped back to Ithaca and then on to the client. I am looking forward to some photos from him showing the bride & groom with their shotgun.
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