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  • #16
    Thanks for posting this, I felt inadequate before, now I am confidently inadequate. I am always amazed at the artistic ability of others, this is why....

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    • #17
      Originally posted by RScott View Post
      Thanks for posting this, I felt inadequate before, now I am confidently inadequate.
      Well stated - it suits me to a "T"!

      I wonder how many folks have opened up cases and started dreaming....."I wonder if Bill could......".

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      • #18
        I know I am rather overly verbose at times. (At all times, according to Meaux.) I have but one word for all that beautimus engravin' . . . "wondermus"! I am truly awestruck.
        If you have difficulty understanding the post above, read it out loud and it should make sense. This NGTO member is known for his poor hill-billy upbringing and his affinity for all things from Louisiana (particularly if it relates to LSU). It makes for a poor mix of accents and much difficulty in translation. He was doing well for so long, but now seems to have regressed.


        • #19
          This is like the greatest thread in fishing board history.

          You guys realize that Bill Oyster is going to be remembered as a master craftsman in 200 years right? This is like watching Edward Vom Hofe tinker with the idea of putting together some rubber plates on a reel. Or H.L. Leonard whittling his first piece of bamboo.

          I like Derek DeYoung. He's a good dude. Tim Borski is wicked skilled. Russell Chatham deserves his reputation and his price tag.

          What Bill is doing is harder than any of that.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by ZachMatthews View Post
            You guys realize that Bill Oyster is going to be remembered as a master craftsman in 200 years right?
            Yep! I remember telling Shannen one day, "history will remember Bill". It really is an honor to have him as an active member on this message board!

            PS: I got a first hand look at the gun receiver and trigger guard on Saturday; coming along nicely! And I know (but will not tell) who is going to end up with this gun!
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            • #21
              Honestly, I will tell my grandchildren that I met the artist Billy O when he was just doing bamboo rods.....

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              • #22
                Keep it coming Bill. A piece of art in the making..


                • #23
                  still going

                  Thanks for the thoughtful words. You guys are too kind.
                  There's still a lot of work to go, so I better get things updated.

                  The next task at hand was to create a design for the top of the receiver. I felt like things were starting to look pretty regal, so I designed a crown shaped pattern to top things off.

                  The only area I hadn't addressed was the bottom, where I wanted to do something special. I knew I wouldn't have time during the class to complete this, but felt like it would be worth taking the extra time.

                  To begin with, I chose an area to create the scene I had in mind. I decided to encircle it in an oval "frame", which would of course be accented by fine English scroll to match the rest of the gun.

                  A little measuring, a few geometric scribbles, the "backbone" scrolls were put in place and I had the general layout set.

                  This used up the last of my class time. I loaded the bike and pointed East. For the rest, I would be on my own. I'm teaching a rodmaking class this week, so will have to put the gun on hold for a few days. Next week I'll be starting on what should be the most interesting part of all. Thanks for following along!

                  Bill O.


                  • #24

                    We hope!
                    "What's his offense?"
                    "Groping for trouts in a peculiar river."
                    ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure


                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Trout8myfly View Post

                      We hope!
                      Ditto that.....


                      • #26
                        Originally posted by RScott View Post
                        Honestly, I will tell my grandchildren that I met the artist Billy O when he was just doing bamboo rods.....

                        Your work is timeless and world class. It is a true blessing to have you as a part of the board. And to think I knew you when you were teaching your classes about how strong and durable bamboo is by taking their newly completed rods and putting them in a ceiling fan. Of course your purposeful demonstration of placing a rod on the ground and stomping on it is something that still wakes me up periodically with night terrors.

                        I still have that Monty that you worked on several years ago. I don't know if I can ever let it go.
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                        • #27
                          back at it...

                          Back when I was sitting in a hotel in Kansas, I made a decision on the future owner of this gun. The fellow I had in mind could hardly be considered a "stone cold killer". In fact, the theme was going to be toned down a bit to suit the mellow character of the "customer" I had in mind. I made this quick sketch of the idea I had in mind for the bottom of the receiver.

                          Now it was time to turn my scribble into reality. I copied a rabbit image from the web and turned it into a template much like a tattoo artist might do. Acetone dropped the ink from the paper onto the receiver and gave me a nice outline for the rabbit.

                          I used a steel scribe (basically a very hard needle) to go over the ink, then cut a faint outline. I adjusted, enlarged, and tweaked the image as needed to fit the space.

                          With the main character located, I next had to define all of the overlaps which crossed the border I planned to create. The frame would lie under these features so they had to be put in place before the border.


                          • #28
                            the border

                            At this point, it was time to put aside my planned scene and first complete the surrounding border. I was going to do some gold inlay around the border which would require some heavy handedness. This must be completed first to avoid mucking up the central picture.

                            I scribed in a quick running leaf border and cut away the background. Next the cutaway edges must be squared up to near vertical, then undercut with a narrow graver point. This creates an undercut cavity which will hold the gold in place. For extra security (guns take a pounding) I dug small directional burrs up on the bottom of the background.

                            I then used a brass punch to hammer 24K gold wire into the space. Because the cutaway area is somewhat larger than the diameter of the wire. I tacked it lightly into place skipping 1/8" segments. This ensured that the wire couldn't expand lengthwise and lose the mass we need to fill every crevice.

                            Once the wire was held in place, I aggressively hammered it in with the goal of filling the undercuts and expanding into every corner.

                            The majority of the excess gold was then trimmed away with a flat edged graver.

                            Finally, a polished tool steel burnisher is used to forcefully drive the gold down once more to ensure a perfect fit.


                            • #29
                              completing the border

                              Once the first span was set, I went ahead and filed the gold flush, then finished with 400 grit sandpaper. Everything checked out good so I moved on around, repeating the process on the remaining sections.

                              All that fussing pretty much wiped out my scribed pattern, so I worked my way around, cutting in the main divisions between the leaves.

                              I continued to clean up the details, cut the borders, and create the shade lines. One final sanding and the border is done.

                              Next up... sculpting the scene.


                              • #30
                                Thanks for taking us along with the development of the gun!