|Project by CarvinTom||posted 10-21-2011 09:24 PM||2364 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
These photos are of a Circa 1884 Springfield 45-70 Trapdoor Rifle that I carved a couple of years ago. Regrettably, it is so long—nearly 52”—that the photos don’t (in my “humble” opinion) do it justice.
I was fortunate enough to be permitted to borrow a rifle from a relative for almost an entire year to do the work. I had a first thought that I would only need it long enough to take some photos. NOT SO! It sat next to me whenever I carved so that I could go back and forth with calipers to make measurements. I was glad to return it at the end. By that time I have found out what the thing was worth! I’m glad the original owner has it back now. Before anything could happen to it.:-)
The rifle is made almost exclusively of Basswood with the exception of the barrel that I turned from a piece of Maple. In order to keep the work as close to the original as I could, all of the various pieces, the hammer, lock, trigger and guard—even the screw heads—were all carved separately and inset into the stock as they would have been on the real rifle. Painting was a real trip. The “metal” parts are much darker than the original. Getting the proper color and sheen to the metal was virtually impossible—I used acrylic paint—it “might” have been easier with oil based paint.
In the end, I did achieve my goal: To make a realistic, extremely old-looking rifle—as viewed from ~3 feet away—to hang in the Family Room. Several people have been taken by surprise when I handed them the rifle. They were expecting to grab something weighting ~10 (very heavy) pounds. But the carving only weighs a bit over 1 pound!
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