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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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Custom Carved Shotgun Trio Update

Three Squirrel Guns for Three Sons


   This is an update on the three stock carvings I completed for a client for his three sons.  Christmas presents of Family Heirloom shotguns.   I received a photo of the stocks put on the shotguns and I wanted to share it. 


   I have to admit, I was really anxious while waiting to hear about these Christmas presents and how the boys liked them.   I’m so glad they sent me a photo so we could see them complete.  Here is what I received: 


” Merry Christmas Lance!!  Here’s a pic of the shotguns assembled. The boys love them, Thanks again!! “

Shotgun Trio



The Squirrels better watch out with this Band of Brothers out in the field.    Is this something you would like for your children or grandchildren?   Email me and let’s talk about it.


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Lance Larson


A Custom Carved Shotgun Trio

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.

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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.  

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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.


Thanks for stoppin’ by… 

Lance Larson  








Hand Carved Labrador Retriever on a Shotgun

His Lab is always with him in the field…


     This custom carved shotgun was planned to be a wife’s surprise gift to her husband, time  was an issue so it turned out to be a gift they planned out together.   She wanted a carving of their Labrador Retriever holding a duck on the buttstock and His initials carved in the forearm of the shotgun.   As far as I know, their Lab is still with them and this carving is not a memorial.


     I received the stock from the client and found that it was from a shotgun that was his favorite and the finish was worn off in a few places.    His shotgun had seen much of use and had more than a few stories to tell.   I did had to lightly sand it and give it a couple thin coats of finish before I could start the carving.   This was done only to prevent stain from invading the uncarved areas during the final stages of finishing this carving. 


     The carving was done in an inlaid style leaving the wood around the carving untouched.   The wood was a light colored hardwood so the carving had to be stained after carving.    It was stained using a Burnt Umber color oil paint that I diluted with mineral spirits to turn it to a stain.   Since his dog was a Yellow Lab, I left the dog a mostly natural color of the light hardwood with a few highlights and stained the duck darker.


     As you can see, a stock does not have to be new or perfect to look great with a memory carved on it.   Contact me if I can help you with creating a Family Heirloom of your own.


Thanks for Stoppin’ by……

Lance Larson



A Shotgun Pheasant Carving

Custom Carved Pheasant on a Remington 1100


     This custom carving was done on an older Remington 1100 shotgun.  The shotgun was made at least 35 years ago and back then the walnut stocks were all high quality and had great figure in the wood grain.   This stock was no exception.        


     This shotgun had been used for years for upland game so a Pheasant design was the perfect choice.    It was decided to carve this in an Inlaid style with no surrounding relief carving.   This would show off, rather than cover up the beautiful wood grain.


     The carving is a ringneck Pheasant busting out of cover at the corner of an old wooden split rail fenceline.    The goal was to bring back a memory……the memory of the excitement ……the explosion of sounds that a big rooster makes busting out of cover when he erupts at your feet.


     Memories of a hunt with your favorite dog…… of a hunt with your son or daughter……your first hunt with your father.    These are the things a carving like this will do…..every time you pull out that shotgun or rifle the memories will come flooding back.     That’s what a Family Heirloom is all about…Memories. 













 If you would be interested in a carving for your shotgun in this style, or any design you have in mind, drop me an email – lets discuss it.


Thanks for stoppin’ by……

Lance Larson