|Project by Justin Gordon||posted 11-14-2014 01:16 AM||4801 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
Here’s a 54 caliber muzzle loader that was built by a nice gun maker some years ago that my buddy owns. The original finish was very dark and you could barely see a tiger maple pattern in the wood grain. My friend wanted to lighten the finish so the grain showed through like other classic period rifles. At the same time I was looking for a rifle to carve for a show piece at gun shows for marketing my gun stock carving. My friend let me carve into his while it was apart anyway in exchnage for letting me take it to gun shows for a portfolio marketing piece. This work took over a week and since it was a freebee, I didn’t have to worry about my lousy quoting. But its shallow relief is probably no deeper than 3/32 at its deepest. The cheek side pattern and top pattern at the butt of the barrel were copied from a magazine and the beautiful work of Jim Kibler. The owner liked his designs. The design on the opposite side was my own design to match a patchbox design the owner saw that I transformed into a relief pattern. I gave him a few designs to choose from and this was his choice. I think I should have made my design a little more lacey or less thick in details to match the cheek side a bit better with its light and airy look. But it still looks nice. The hardest part again was the dang sanding. I hate sanding. Getting in all those little knooks and crannies was a bitch. I had to make a bunch of tiny sanding tools to do it right.
This rifle also won a blue ribbon in a New England Wood Carving competition. It’s one of the nicest black powder rifles I’ve seen or held and I’ve brought it to a hndfull of gun shows to show it off. It’s not heavy and is real comfortable to hold and aim. The owner is going to let me shoot it one of these days when he’s at the club range. Can’t wait.
Now the guy I did the Mossin Naggant rifle for (seen in my projects) wants me to carve his 50 caliber Hawking rifle to be as he says: “Just this side of gaudy”. That’s a pile of carving to do. But the Hawkin rifle is a classic and designs like these above would make a Hawking rifle look great. I can’t wait to start it. Now I just have to figure out where “this side of gaudy” is.