An appreciative audience!

An appreciative audience!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Exciting new project from David Brennan

David is building a new rifle with brass furniture that he cast himself. 

Most recent photos of the "Brennan School Rifle" taken yesterday.

This rifle project is very near to completion. Final stain and finish are being applied. The oil finish had just dried when the photos were taken.

Still more on "Brennan School Rifle"

More of the "Brennan School Rifle"

I am attempting to illustrate the method and progression of Jud's work by showing in detail the steps required for Jud to craft a complex rifle project. The layout drawings and transfers to the stock wood have been included for the sake of completeness.

Notable is the smooth and flowing motion that allows Jud, though skill and constantly sharpened chisels, to produce a clean line of raised carving free from tear outs and gouges. This is accomplished in wood with highly figured grain that presents difficulty even to expert carvers!

(Nota Bene - once again: No felines were harmed in the posting of this blog!)