shotgun #2: moving forward

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 07-06-2009 03:48 AM 9480 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: This is my rifle, this is my gun............ Part 2 of shotgun series Part 3: second part of the carving »

I’ve decided to spend some time on this shotgun. It was a tough decision, providing that I’m giving it away to a 6 year old. But the reason I decided to move forward is because #1 I don’t think there is a toy gun as detailed as this will be, #2 I enjoy carving and it’s a good experience, and #3 maybe people will see it and either order one, or maybe even ask me to carve their real rifle. We will see if that works out. No matter what this kid is getting a very cool gun.
I also decided to share the process a little. This is the first part of the carving. I will show one side through the process, but both sides will match. There will be a lot of carving on this. I’m glad it’s shallow relief. So far this drake has only taken about 5 hours. It’s still rough, but I think I will be doing some wood burning on it as well for the feathers. The pattern came from “Wildlife carving in Relief” by Lora S. Irish.

Here are the first pics in this series. It may be a while before this progresses, but maybe not. Please stay tuned.

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As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

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#1 posted 07-06-2009 04:20 AM

Looks great, Looking forward to more progress pics.

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#2 posted 07-06-2009 04:22 AM

looks good … what tools did you use ?

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 04:23 AM

Most impressive hard to believe this for a 6 year old. Very cool. great carving.

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 04:26 AM

your doing a great job here keith…but i think if it were me…this gun would be sorta guarded…something this special i hope will last for maybe him to give to his son…..looking forward to its progress.grizzman

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 04:27 AM

Thanks guys. Dan, I’m using a 2 cherries miniature set, and their regular set of carving chisels. I find myself using the straights more often for some reason. In this case I’m using a 1/16” straight for the detailed work. I also have some miniature gouges, but I don’t use them as much. Maybe I’ll post pics of the tools too.

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#6 posted 07-06-2009 04:29 AM

Grizzman, I hope it lasts for him too. That would be nice for him to pass it down. I do want him to enjoy it. Who knows, maybe he’ll have some sort of unfound love for the thing and put it in a safe place himself.

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#7 posted 07-06-2009 04:47 AM

That quite a carving my friend! This kid is going to have a great looking gun when you are done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#8 posted 07-06-2009 03:49 PM

A great carving Keith. Nice job. I hope it doesn’t get left our in the yard my my son’s toys.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 07-06-2009 06:42 PM

really nice work

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#10 posted 07-07-2009 06:40 AM

I wish you could bottle some of your talent and send it to me…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 07-07-2009 08:51 AM

Great carving Keith.

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