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Austin Halleck 50 cal cap and ball stock carving

Discussion in 'Carving Forum: Hand, Power, & Chainsaw Carving' started by scrimman, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. scrimman

    scrimman Termite extrodinare Full Member Thread Starter

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    My friend Taylor Tomlin traded me a saber (a SABER!) to carve up a stock for an Austin Halleck 50 cal percussion rifle. So, I spent most of this evening creating a template (or two) and gluing them down so I can get busy tomorrow with it. I'll be streaming that live on twitch, and hopefully I'll remember to post it here when I get to work. I discovered much to my delight that the stock really is Black Walnut, so this should be a really, REALLY fun one to work on!
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    Definitely following this! Chuck
     
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    That's gonna be cool! Can ya show us the saber?
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    :good2: Way cool!
     
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    As you wish:
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    I've absolutely NO idea what kind it is, or even what country it's from. Fortunately, I've friends that would, so eventually I'll know. History nerds are great! Sure happy I'm one!
    Got quite a bit done on Tomlin's piece this evening; almost completely 'checkered' one side. Tomorrow most likely won't see anything done, but Tuesday should! The Black Walnut is proving to be some of the hardest I've ever carved, but considering it's main duties I'm not bothered by that. That, and it should hold detail very, very well when I get done.
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    That is looking fantastic!!
    Take more pics!!!!!
     
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    Eager to see it completed!
     
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    Very nice,
    What did you use for the actual carving?
    Is the piece on Twitch yet?
     
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    Using knives and such to carve it; don't have a high speed tool. Don't really trust them anyhow; I"ve never be able to adequately control those darn things. Yes, when I'm streaming (I like to call it 'twitching' lol) that's what I'm working on.
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    Sorry so long updating; between kids getting accolades and trying to graduate it's been damn busy.
    Been working on the butt end of the stock here lately:
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    The trouble is that it has to be so very shallow that it's hard to get the shadows to help 'pop' the carving. I think I'm going to take a suggestion I heard and use my pyro pen to 'enhance' the shadows where I need them to be enhanced.
    Next comes the other side of the lock plate, and a shell that I want to put at the tang end of the barrel.
     
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    Still at it; not exactly the shell pattern I had in mind but I think it looks elegant enough. Next time I need to take care of the opposite side of the lock plate; still not sure what needs to go there.
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    Still at work on the percussion lock; normally there'd be a brass plate here, but since there ain't (and I don't know how to engrave brass anyhow) I came up with this design. Hope the guy likes it.....
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    Done. A few more coats of Tung oil, re-attach the hardware, and it'll be ready for the owner again.
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