A treasury of 135 classic gunstock carving patterns from talented artist, Lora Irish. You're sure to find the best carving pattern here for your next project, from basic checkering to dramatic hunting-related scenes. Excellent choices are provided for every skill level, from beginner to expert, so you can start with a basic pattern and tackle more intricate designs as your experience in gunstock carving grows. Also included is advice on choosing patterns, wood, and tools, carving methods, and tips on whether to start from scratch or use a kit.
With 250 clear color photos and concise text, Jose Valencia takes readers through all the steps necessary to create unique carvings on rifle or shotgun stocks. Learn to create and apply patterns, remove factory checkering, and use a high speed power pen and accompanying bits to create elaborate scroll, basket weave, and maple leaf patterns, along with realistic wildlife carvings. Adapting patterns to curved surfaces, sanding, and finishing techniques are also shown and explained. Seven patterns are provided for each of the carvings. A color photo gallery is also provided for further inspiration. Once readers have mastered the techniques for carving and finishing these patterns, they will be able to transform standard gunstocks into works of art that will be appreciated for generations.
Paperback reprint of the popular guide to carving gunstocks. Complete coverage of all tools and equipment with detailed explanations of all techniques, illustrated with precise line drawings. Extensive gallery of ready-to-use patterns.
R. A. Steindler was researching a book about guns when he realized that many gun terms were used differently by various writers and sometimes included conflicting definitions, errors, and misconceptions. To fill an obvious need for one consistent authority on the language of guns, he created this comprehensive classic reference. Going beyond the simple definition, the book explains each term fully and puts it into context with any related terms, and the definitions are supplemented with 200 photographs, illustrations, and charts to help clarify technical details.
Because no one has ever written a comprehensive checkering course before, learning to checker has always been the most difficult-to-acquire skill-set in in the area of gun craftsmanship. Not anymore. This book teaches gunstock checkering beginning with essential basics, such as proper lighting, cradle design, selecting the proper tools, and all the other steps that lay the groundwork for a successful outcome before you ever pick up a tool. All aspects are covered, beginning with the design and layout of checkering patterns, both point patterns and Fleur-de-lis. The book is richly illustrated with more than 230 full color photographs, guiding the student through each step of the checkering process, thereby avoiding the confusion that has always been a part of the mystique of checkering. In addition, there is a section which deals with the various types of Walnut used in the making of gunstocks, detailing the relative qualities of each as to the suitability for checkering, such as hardness, pore size, and grain structure. Lastly, there is a section labeled "Random Thoughts and Miscellaneous Tips and Techniques", which contains some of the most valuable information in the course. These are lessons learned by the author over the span of a career. Covered are repair of mistakes, such as bad lines or broken diamonds, techniques for keeping lines straight, working with problem wood, proper tool selection for different types of wood, proper diamond proportions, and the list goes on. The information contained in these seventeen chapters will teach you everything you need to know to successfully checker gunstocks. All you need to add is experience.