shotgun #3: second part of the carving

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 07-09-2009 05:34 AM 1273 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here I am now. The carving continues. I believe now that I am done with this first side. I wasn’t sure what to do to be honest with you, so I just sat there at the couch with it on my lap. I cut a piece of paper and taped it to the gun, cutting around the Drake. I just started doodling on it while watching TV and this is what I came up with. I decided that I wanted his Initials on the piece, but also knew I wanted them framed in leaves. These leaves are out of my head, so there may or may not be any realizm to them. I did do a search for stock carving and came across Joe Cummings. Man that guy produces some beatiful rifles. Anyhow, I got the idea for the checkers on the grip, although he uses much more sophisticated designs. I liked the idea and so I had to do something similar as well. I did request a pattern from him. He sent me 2. A fish scale pattern and a weave. I started the carving before I recieved them.

Anyhow, this has been fun so far. A waist of time, but fun. LOL. I will start the other side soon. I do plan on staining the material a walnut color, and will glaze it as well. The barrel will be ebonized. I think I still need to carve in the part of the gun where the shell ejects too, as well as put a small site on the barrel. I think I need to stop searching for shot guns and rifles so the detail work can stop. LOL. Next you know I’ll be adding a safety, trigger, and what ever else I notice. LOL.

Here it is so far. As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative. Let me know honest opinions about the design of the carving. It really isn’t that well thought out, but I think it’s coming along okay.


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 07-09-2009 05:42 AM

very cool

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 07-09-2009 05:45 AM

I think that is fantastic!!!!!!! I’d love to see a pic of the tools you used.

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#3 posted 07-09-2009 05:47 AM

Great Keith.

-- 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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#4 posted 07-09-2009 05:48 AM

i hope you dont let him take this to school…the next phone call you will get will be because they have him up against the wall and padded down for bring a real fire arm to school…lol…...what a great job..i dont think its a waste of time..your son will treasure the work you put into it kieth…great job.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 05:53 AM

It’s looking better every time you show it. It looks so good now, I can’t imagine what else you are going to do to it, but I guess we’ll find out.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#6 posted 07-09-2009 05:55 AM

Wow great carving

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 08:10 AM

Very nice work Keith.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 07-10-2009 05:47 AM

Wow Kieth! That is so cool!

You might know, however I’m not sure everyone else might understand, that most the detailed carvings these days are done with a high speed, high tech, Dremel type tool ( 400,000 rpms), no kidding! To see you do such detailed hand work with a blade, is a joy to see and hard to grasp your talent.

Super designs, very well done!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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