|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-06-2012 07:44 AM||2223 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
There’s actually two different shotguns here – an old Ward single shot 12ga and an Ithica Pump 12 gauge. The single shot has a family history – uncle Joe the bookie and rum runner of the family apparently had that years back in his mafia days. I never got to meet him, but it seems I have his shotgun to remember that every family has their interesting characters.
The Ithica we carved for a friend’s father’s Christmas gift, he liked the pattern on mine so my father did a rendition of it slightly altered.
Mine hangs over my fireplace in a set of bookcases I made when I first moved into my house. Funny – my carving on those bookcases 12 years ago doesn’t look like something I would want to sell now!
I still have seven old shotguns in the safe that one day I intend to carve … one day when I retire and have a few minutes of free time!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com