Grizzly Bear & Basketweave

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Project by JeffStarr posted 04-08-2009 06:10 PM 3127 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Grizzly Bear gun is a Colt 45 Long Rifle. It was a beautiful piece to begin with. The gun owner wanted a bear and gave me the artistic liberty to come up with something nice for him. I chose basket weave again and kept the engraving a lighter stain to help the bear pop out more. I tried paint the bear and the scene with different hues of stain to get the effect I wanted. Usually I just stain the whole engraving the same color. I feel it worked here and will use this technique again in the future. The leaves were a lot of fun to do and helped to frame the engraved areas.

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#1 posted 04-08-2009 06:26 PM

Gorgeous man that is just beautiful. It just would’nt look right on my AK- 47 though. Great looking job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 04-08-2009 06:37 PM

Dude its really made me say WOW…
i wish i could do that, its wonderfull works, thanks for posting.


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#3 posted 04-08-2009 06:59 PM

Hi Jeff

This is one of the best ones yet. You do some beautiful work there my friend. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-08-2009 07:06 PM

That is too nice to hunt with! Wow.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 08:15 PM

Now that is some fantastic work. They are very nice.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 04-08-2009 08:17 PM

Yes, way too nice to hunt with. I’d never be able to shoot that thing again. Needs to be prominently displayed. Thanks you very much for sharing. That grizzley is gorgeous the way you finished it.

-- Scott

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#7 posted 04-08-2009 08:56 PM

yes it is verry beauitifull, where do i put my order in? i do amature gun smithing but wheni recived a 25, 06 with damage on the checkering i had no choice to sand the checkering off , wish i had some of your talent.

keep up the good work.

-- a truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn

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#8 posted 04-09-2009 12:11 AM

So great to see your projects. I knew there were craftsmen doing this sort of work out there and it’s really great to see one of the best. Fantastic, love your designs and skill, great to have you on the site. Welcome and thanks…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 04-09-2009 01:48 AM

Awesome work, just plain beautiful.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 04-09-2009 02:49 AM

Thanks again for the compliments. I have a few more I will be adding. My goal is to try and finish one gun each month. Sometimes it happens sometimes it does not. I am back in school full time and it gets hard juggling all that I need to do. But someday I would love to earn my dollar with my engravings.

Tyson and anyone else interested in my work you can reach me at [email protected]

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#11 posted 04-10-2009 12:57 AM

Fantastic job! I wish that I had 1/4 of your talent at carving.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 09:32 PM

Very impressive stuff Jeff, keep it up and good luck

Thanks for sharing it with everyone.


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