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Old 06-24-13, 10:29 PM   #21
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Honestly, I will tell my grandchildren that I met the artist Billy O when he was just doing bamboo rods.....
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Old 06-25-13, 09:01 AM   #22
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Keep it coming Bill. A piece of art in the making..
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Old 06-25-13, 02:13 PM   #23
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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!

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We hope!
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Old 06-25-13, 05:02 PM   #26
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Honestly, I will tell my grandchildren that I met the artist Billy O when he was just doing bamboo rods.....
Bill:

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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Old 07-02-13, 09:26 PM   #27
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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.
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Old 07-02-13, 10:17 PM   #28
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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.
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Old 07-02-13, 10:41 PM   #29
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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.
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Thanks for taking us along with the development of the gun!
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