Carved stock with a European Style Leaf and Acorn motif.
This Custom carved stock was on a CZ .22 Training Rifle and since is had a classic European shape to the stock I chose to make the carving have a decidedly older European flair. The carving subject was a combination of Leaves and Acorns. I researched carvings of the 19th century to get a feel of the style and then designed a more elongated leaf style as well as a longer styled acorn.
The stock of the CZ .22 Training Rifle is made from Beech wood. Beech is a light colored hardwood that is stained with a Walnut colored finish. This means that when you carve the stock is exposes the light wood underneath and you need to stain and paint the stock carving when complete.
The trick to carving on white wood is lighting – you have to make sure you light is shining across your carving area and not straight down. This to make sure you can see the shadows to show carving depth so you can see the “flow” of your carved leaf.
I also felt that the design and style of the carving should look like they we done years ago – an old style carving look that echoed the work done with hammer and chisel. I chose not to stipple the area outside the craving since that was not a practice/style done on the carving examples I used for my design.
The design I put together had an area for initials but we did not use that area for that. For a little flair, I added fishscale to this areas and stand it a lighter color to make it POP.
To finish this stock I user diluted oil paints of many shades and colors to add even more depth to the carvings. they are diluted down to almost a color wash so you can still see wood grain beneath the color.
This already has the look of an old heirloom on a new rifle. If this type of carving interests you and you would enjoy something like this designed and carved into your firearm, drop me an email.
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Hand Carved stock on a Weatherby 28 gauge SA-08 Deluxe
The 28 gauge shotgun is a small gauge that has always had a loyal following for hunting quail an other upland game. They are becoming more popular in the shooting sport competitions and many shooter have a 28 gauge just for the ‘SUB GAUGE” competition at shoots all over the country. Weatherby came out with a 28 gauge semi auto shotgun last year and uses beautiful Walnut for their stocks. That is what I used for this custom carving.
Here is a little information about the Weatherby shotgun I used from the American Rifleman Magazine: http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/weatherby-sa08-deluxe-28-gauge
I wanted the Hand Carved scene that fit the shotgun that it was carved upon and decided to go with a bird dog and quail – a great combination on any shotgun. I tried to make it a simple design with Basket Weave replacing the checkering and a partial border of Oak Lea.ves and Acorns added. The scene is three quail busting out from under the dog’s nose as he holds point. This is a scene that should get any bird hunter’s blood pumpin’.
I chose to keep the shape of the original checkering when I replaced it with basket weave because, with many manufacturers, that shape identifies the manufacturer and model of the firearm. In this case, it was also a nice looking design. I went with Basket Weave because it is a classic style and it also gives a good grip on a shotgun.
If this style of carving is something you would be interested in for your shotgun, Contact me. I’ll help you with your own Family Heirloom.
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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!! “
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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Custom Carved Tribute to a Father
In my experience, the two most common reasons for a client to want a gunstock carved are…
* Memories… A special hunt, for example.
* In Memory of… a Family member or four legged hunting partner.
The latter was the reason for my most recent commission. My client wanted the stock for a Henry Golden Boy stock carved as a present for her husband. The photo above shows that rifle. It was to be a memorial and tribute to his Father.
She mentioned that his Father had been referred to as an “Oak Tree” so she wanted Oak leaves on the stock and a sentiment carved in the stock also. During our communication for planning the design she also said she liked the idea of a cross in the carving. I suggested an old wooden cross on a hill and she liked that idea.
This Stock needed to be done for Christmas so I told her I would get it to her well before the holiday. When I started working on this carving, I couldn’t put it down. I love carving leaves, but it was this tribute to a Father that really moved me.
Carving this Walnut tribute made me think about my own Father and I wanted this to be a special Family Heirloom. I wanted it to be a carving that would make my own Father proud if he saw it.
To contact me regarding your own Family Heirloom, drop me an email.
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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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