|Project by Lori||posted 08-03-2010 03:38 PM||3857 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
For a friend’s 55th birthday I customized her new (and very first) .22 plinking rifle, a Marlin model 60. The stock is birch and came plain with a walnut stain. After removing the stain I proceeded to relief carve the fore end, grips, bottom of grip, and shoulder of the stock. When fairly satisfied with the way these turned out, I put six coats of a wipe on poly finish. It will amber up over time, which is the idea. She loved the stock and it was the talk of the range. Given that this was my first carving in over 9 years it turned out well.
On the rear of the stock where the scrolling is I carved the year: 2010. Bottom of grip contains her initials, PG. The fore end is mostly oak leaves, three major varieties on each side. In the middle is a sword-like T, which I like to say represents the strength of Tricia, the nickname she goes by. Working symbolism into carved pieces is one of the things I have fun doing.
-- Lori, NC piedmont