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Old 07-03-13, 01:30 PM   #31
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This continues to be so awesome.
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Old 07-03-13, 06:16 PM   #32
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Wow! This is stunning work. There are few things I admire like fine double guns and the engraving is the best part. Great job with the design and detail of this. This is going to be the nicest Stoeger ever!
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Old 07-05-13, 04:06 PM   #33
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This is genuinely a spectacular thread, and one of the most fascinating and entertaining, too. Many thanks for sharing, Bill.
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Old 07-21-13, 07:26 PM   #34
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OK, my day job has kept me hopping lately, but I got a short break and made some progress on the gun.

Once the border was complete, it was time to begin working back to front, and that means it's time to create a background for Mr. Bunny. I use a felt tip pen to sketch the landscape.


My intent is to sculpt the main scene, so my next task is to lower the background and a rotary tool makes quick work of the excess steel.


The rotary is quick, but coarse. A flat graver allows me to smooth things out and begin to rough in the other elements - hills, trees, clouds, etc.


Slowly now I begin to put the details in place. Grass, a fence, etc. everything begins rough and is little by little brought into focus.


This brings me to my current incarnation. The background is roughed into place and I begin to sweat the details. Much of what I'm working on now are things that most people wouldn't even notice, but engravers tend to obsess over. I will spend hours attempting to make the sky perfectly smooth, the corners sharp, the whiskers flawless, etc. etc. I'll post up again when I'm satisfied.


Next up... Completion of the background and bringing life to the rabbit.
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Old 07-21-13, 11:10 PM   #35
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Just fantastic............
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Old 07-22-13, 06:08 AM   #36
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Bill, just for comparison, could you photograph a dime or something with the engraving to give us some perspective?

Simply amazing work!
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Old 07-23-13, 09:36 AM   #37
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Bill, just for comparison, could you photograph a dime or something with the engraving to give us some perspective?

Simply amazing work!
Here you go preach. Maybe this will help.
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Old 07-23-13, 10:42 AM   #38
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Hey Bill, it's been a while and I haven't been back to class (though I'd love to) because my #1 keeps on fishing and fishing (2 pc 5wt blond bamboo w/ red wrappings). I'd love to take a tip class or another but I'm still fishing this original made in 2005.

Your engraving skills continue to amaze - wonderful thread on an incredible shotgun. Whoever gets this is going to have an heirloom!

Keep up the good work. I'll try to make a run from Buford out to Blue Ridge some time to say hello and catch up...

Thanks for sharing with us!

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Bill,
Any updates on your progress?
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Wow.. just reading through this thread for the first time. Amazing stuff here, Bill.


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