|Project by junipercanyon||posted 11-23-2014 04:08 AM||1579 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
I was commissioned to create a display for a match pair of hand carved Colt .45 pistols for use in a presentation to their new owner. My instructions were to use wood,...make it cool,....aaaand we need it in a week!!! That was on a Thursday afternoon…. I harvested an old growth juniper snag that I found the next evening while I was out hunting elk with my bow, milled it into a 3/4” board with my chainsaw Saturday morning and got to work grinding and sanding.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do yet, but I had hope it would just sorta work itself out as I went along. I struggled with the final design through the weekend until Monday around midnight I woke up with a half awake/half asleep eureka moment…I had to climb out of bed and sketch my ideas out, and had a hard time trying to finish my night of sleep contemplating how I was going to get this done in only a couple of evenings before this had to be delivered for the presentation. I decided to mount the juniper board to a back board wrapped in leather and trimmed with barbed wire. As a final touch, I finished it off with a custom copper inlay of his business logo. The materials, textures, and colors really complimented each other in this project.
The presentation went very well, but a new issue was realized when considering how the guns could be displayed securely. The owner asked me to work out a design for a wall mounted display case that could be locked up. I thought about it for a few days and came up with an idea for a steel box with an unbreakable “glass” face. I drew up my design in a 3d modeling program (Autodesk Inventor) and got to work fabricating. For the “glass” face, I had a sheet of bullet proof polycarbonate cut to size, and ensured all the steel parts would fit tight around it. It came together perfectly, but I wasn’t happy with the look of the bare steel and I didn’t think paint would look any better…..so I went to YouTube, asked it how to rust steel, watched a few videos, and decided the way to go was a method using vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and salt…instant rust started magically coating the steel!!! Very cool. To finish it off, I coated the steel in a product called Penetrol. I was extremely happy with my “custom” patina, and I think the new display case looks great protecting these antique guns.
-- Juniper Canyon Design