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Eagle Carvings - Fun with the Live Free or Die Theme!

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 09-24-2009 06:24 AM 2254 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Outside of New Hampshire “Live Free or Die” is not a commonly uttered statement. The exception is our shop. It’s become a common slogan, intertwined with a bald eagle; the concept has made the theme for a series of personal projects.

The first carving is in the bookcases above my mantle in the living room. It’s also on my cowboy cart (wish I had more time to go off cowboy shooting) along with a classic open hammer 12 gauge hung over the fireplace. I also had the eagle theme carried onto my GMC pickup by Touch of Class Signs in Jackson, NJ.

No long and engaging story behind all of this – just a few eagles and a patriotic statement!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com





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#1 posted 09-24-2009 06:59 AM

I didn’t know that phrase was a NH thing. Maybe it’s because I spent so much of my life in the Army, hanging out with people from all over the country and local or regional things tend to spread among a group until you forget where you first heard it and just assume it’s common knowledge. Anyway, I like the way you incorporated it into your projects and I especially like the carving on your rolling gun cart. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I think you should give the kid back his wagon wheels, get out the mini spokeshave and get to work on some wooden wheels. I’ve seen your other work; you can do it.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 09-24-2009 07:01 AM

Interesting

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#3 posted 09-24-2009 07:09 AM

Yeah I’ve been meaning to do that wagon wheel upgrade for a while … just haven’t gotten five minutes free to put into the project. Not that I’ve had time to venture out and do any cowboy shooting either!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#4 posted 09-24-2009 07:10 AM

I agree, plastic wheels on a cowboy cart :-(( Great carvings!!

Edit: As long as the “Boys” don’t see tthe plastic wheels, we can cut you a little slack :-)) too bad you do get out. I just ran a Schuetzen match this last weekend. 200 yards offhand is a bit of a challenge most people never tackle:-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 07:21 AM

Guess I’m gonna have to fix-up an upgrade for them and post new pictures! They’re rubber and metal if that helps any …. eh sooner or later (likely later) I’ll get w/ the program and make some good wagon wheels for it. I’d actually like to move the axle to the back of the box to raise the leverage point up higher and get more ground clearance.

It’s amazing how heavy these things are – figuring you have …. lets see. I’d love to find a mini-set of Conestoga wagon wheels or small cannon wheels. Something of an old kids wagon perhaps.

Two six shooters, at least one maybe two lever actions, a double barrel or open hammer pump shotgun, possibly a long range target rifle, maybe a derringer … then give or take 200 or so rounds for each caliber and gauge you have. Your lunch, your water, your gun cleaning and oiling kits, general rags, toilet paper, usually photographs, etc. Holsters and scabbards, knives, and various other accessories. It all adds up quite quickly!

People go all out on these, really neat stuff out there.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 07:27 AM

All your projects have been great, but this is right up my alley…..thanks for the inspiration!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 08:09 AM

Eric, it takes a good cart to carry just the bare essentials to the range :-)) Just think what it would take to carry a few luxury items!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 08:17 AM

At the point I can afford to retire – there’s LOTS of plans for things like that.

I have seen carts setup as scale covered wagons and other such designs. I figured we could do one as a mini Conestoga wagon that has sides that act as standing gun racks and storage cases while also serving as a seat.

Build in a composting toilet with a privacy curtain that extends and sets up a support system and drops the curtain figure this should come out the back side and a small grill and ice chest on the front side.

Drawers or chests will store clothing, ammo, other accessories, etc.

Some of the sutlers have setup some very cool configurations that drop down sides and allow their mobile stores to setup or pack in just a few minutes. Turn of the century pop-up campers so to speak.

One day I’ll have to describe the pig roaster trailer that I some day intend to build … some day … when I ever have time!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#9 posted 09-24-2009 09:10 AM

If I did Cowboy Action shooting, that is what I’d build is a covered wagon to keep my guns ect dry in Water World, Western WA. Like you said too many things to do and so little time ;-)) You won’t have any more time after you retire. All my friends that are say they need to go back to work so they can arrage a vacation:-)) They don’t know how they ever had time to work. I only do a few small jobs a year, I have no idea how I ever had time to work 40 hrs a week??? Better just set the priority and DO IT!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-24-2009 01:21 PM

Beautiful Eagles, Eric! There is a long and storied history (I was told) stemming from old political cartoons regarding which way the eagles head is facing. “War” eagles, shown in full swoop, faces towards the left, are supposed to represent the hawk thinking of the right, while “Peace” eagles, faces towards the right and holding their arrows and olive branch in their talons, denote the dove nature of the left. I like it that you dispensed with all of that and interpreted them to flow with your creations.
Live Free or Die, indeed! The immortal words of Gen. John Stark have come under fire in the last several years. There are those who propose to abolish our state motto to be replaced by something kinder and gentler like, “Scenic New Hampshire”. Live Free or Die is considered to be too mean-spirited, threatening, and not allowing enough “choice”. What’s interesting is that the people who propose this are largely transplants, who moved here to take advantage of our lower tax rates, but have brought their own political ideologies, resulting in bigger, more expensive government and higher taxes here too! New Hampshire is a shadow of its former conservative self…
It’s also humorous sometimes, when an issue is being debated in our state, when both sides of the argument use the Live Free or Die rallying cry to bolster their dialogue!
Lastly, it warms my heart that there is such a healthy interest and respect for our Second Amendment rights here on the pages of Lumberjocks! “Those who will give up some measure of their freedom for security deserve neither!!!” Where has the spirit and independence of our Founding Fathers gone…?
Anyway, this and all your work is nothing short of excellent, Eric. Thank you for sharing it!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 09-24-2009 04:21 PM

This quote is not new to me but I didn’t realise that it was being used as a moto. I consider it a statement of fact.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#12 posted 09-24-2009 09:59 PM

Nice work that is a phrase we should all live by

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 09-28-2009 10:15 AM

Greetings,

Somewhere we have a book on architectural eagles that has all those details about directions and interpretation of the symbolism. I can never keep it all strait!

Figures that transplants to NH would come in and try to change the slogan – they move there for the free space and such and suddenly they want to make it exactly like the rest of the mid-atlantic coast. There are already enough sates from MA down to DC that take away every fundamental right.

I think the whole country should go back to the “Live Free or Die” motto …

Thanks again for the feedback!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#14 posted 10-12-2009 01:49 AM

Beautiful carvings – a tribute the the saying. I agree – that should become our country motto. It is too bad most people don’t.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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