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Custom Carved His & Hers Shotguns

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.


If I can help you with an extraordinary gift for someone who really deserve one, drop me an email.


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A Custom Carved Wedding Gift

Custom Carved Weatherby stock for a Wedding Gift


       I received an email a few months ago from a woman who wanted to surprise her fiance on their wedding day with a custom carved gunstock for one of his rifles.    After we did some design work and found the right subject matter she started looking for the right rifle and stock for this project.  


      With the help of some of her future in-laws,  she found and old Weatherby Mark V that was in the family and had a stock that needed some refinishing TLC, but had truely beautiful grain in the Walnut stock.


      The subject matter was Whitetail Deer in a meadow and she wanted me to have the family Cabin carved in the corner of the meadow.  Many photos of the cabin area as well as the cabin itself were emailed to me to assist in the design.    the old checkering was removed and basketweave and oak leaves added in it’s place.



     My client had planned well in advance so there was not a rush –  we could plan it and I would complete it with a month to spare.  Planning in advance like this is a luxury that I am not used to and I really enjoyed it.    Rushed work and artistic expression do not go well together.












     If you have ideas for personalizing an item or creating an Heirloom like this , contact me and we can discuss it.


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Lance Larson





A Custom Carved Cane with Deer Antler Handle

Custom Carved Cane of Memories 


Hand Carved Cane   This project started as a smooth Aspen walking stick.   It had a few knots that added character but it was generally smooth all over making it a great canvas for the carving. 

   The cane needed to be a total of 34″ tall so all the hardware had to be installed  and measured before the wood could be measured and cut off to length. 

   I had to shape and fit the handle hardware to the wood and then cut the cane to length remembering a  rubber cap would be mounted on the bottom.   I had to allow for that also.

   The cane handle is made of Deer Antler and is carved to fit into the brass fitting.   It’s carved in one piece, cut in two, then mated together in the brass handle fitting.

Stag cane handle 1

 Stag cane handle 2






   The carving on the cane was to show history – a lifetime of outdoor memories.  The Deer Antler Handle – to remember the lifetime of deer hunting in the Midwest.   His hunting dogs were an important part of the family for him.  

   On the cane itself, his bird dogs are carved – the two Wiemaraners he had early in his life and two of the German Shorthair Pointers he and his family had years later.     



   The carving also has a Pheasant and a Sharptail Grouse – the upland game birds he and his son hunted most often.   Fishing was a big part of the outdoors for him also.   So much so that he never was without his fishing gear in the trunk of his car – 7 days a week – 365 days a year. 


   He and his family took trips to Northern Manitoba almost every spring to fish for Big Walleyes and Monster Northern Pike.   I carved a Monster Pike toward the top of the cane because of the way Big Pike seem to always hit the hook at the surface.    I carved the Walleye at the bottom of the cane since that’s where you catch them – right off the rocky bottom.



   All the different carvings were brought together and surrounded by leaves and vines.   They circled and twisted around the dogs, birds, and fish and blended them all together.   The top and the bottom of the cane was encircled with bands of carved basket weave.  

    I hope he sees this as not just a cane, but as a collection of fond memories.  Because that what it is to me…

 Happy Birthday Dad… thanks



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Lance Larson


Elk Rifle for NAWEOA

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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Lance Larson




Custom Carved Pocket Pistol

Handcarved Basketweave on a Pocket Pistol grip


      This is a Jennings J-22 pistol and is a very small pistol in .22 long rifle caliber.   Small pistols like this have historicly been used for protection from various varmints – the four legged,  the two legged, and the slithering snake type.   That is still true in the year 2012.

     This pistol originally had a set of plastic grips by a wooden grip set was purchased at a gun show.   Although I’m not positive, I think the grips are made from a type of Rosewood.    They were smooth but on a pocket pistol, a good grip is required for control of recoil – even in a .22 pistol.   No matter what the size of the pistol, you need to be able to hit what you aim at…..numerous times.












     What is a Pocket Pistol?

     From Wikipedia 
     A pocket pistol is an American term for any small, pocket-sized semi-automatic pistol or, less-popular, any other handgun (e.g., derringer, or small revolver) of (most commonly) small caliber, suitable for concealed carry in either a front or rear pocket of a pair of trousers, or in an exterior coat pocket. Some consider the term solely applicable to hammerless handguns that are striker-fired in semi-automatic blowback configurations.[1] However, with the advent of newer and smaller double action only (DAO) semi-automatic pistol designs, some locked breech concealed-hammer pistol designs are now also called pocket pistols.

     The typical usage of a pocket pistol is for close range self-defense, often serving as a deep concealment backup gun to a larger handgun. Pocket holsters are highly recommended for the safe carry of pocket pistols, with standard practice being to carry the holster (sometimes with a second magazine sub-pocket stitched into the holster) in a front or rear trouser pocket with nothing else carried in the pocket that could snag on the gun when drawn. The most popular pocket holster designs are typically made of form-fitted leather, with a heavy layer of leather worn outward from the body to prevent printing of the gun outline on tight clothing.

     Pocket pistol caliber size is typically .22 LR, .25 ACP, .32 ACP, and .380 ACP .   Pocket pistol users include both concealed handgun licensed private citizens and police officers, desiring a self-defense gun, or desiring to carry a backup gun.


      There’s been a huge surge in the number of states allowing concealed carry of firearms.   The number of people who are gaining firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to carry a firearm regularly has increased dramaticly.   They are exercising their 2nd Amendment Right to protect themselves and their families.   Many of the newer firearms are lightweight polymar or alloy framed with built-in or plastic grips, but some still sport wooden grips.   This allows you the option of adding your own style as well as function to your firearm.

     I used a simple basketweave pattern on these small grips.   The basketweave design offers a very positive gripping surface for recoil control.  Since this firearm is so small that it only can be gripped by two fingers, with one of those being on the trigger and not really holding the pistol, being able to have a good grip is important.


     If you have a pistol grip you would like to personalize, large or small, drop me an email and we can discuss your options. 



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Lance Larson