Gun Stock Carving: Walnut Stock Carved with a Wildlife Scene, Flying Bobwhite Quail & Oak Leaf

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 08-05-2009 07:02 PM 18097 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned project.

This gun was part of a set of three that I did for a family in Wichita, Kansas

  1. You can see the Pheasant Carving by clicking here
  2. You can see the Tom Turkey Carving by clicking here
  3. You can see the Quail Carving by clicking here

If you have a gunstock that you would like to have personalized with a carving, send me an email to discuss the project.

email: [email protected]


Project Story:

This is a Remington 870 12ga Shotgun, with an original factory walnut stock that I custom carved.

An old friend of mine from Wichita, Kansas has three sons and a daughter.

He asked me to carve a gun stock for each of his sons, and they picked out what game bird they each wanted, and what side of the gun they wanted it carved on.

I don’t know what my Friend’s Daughter is getting….I’ll keep asking him.

Here is the posting of the Tom Turkey Carved Guns Stock

I haven’t been given the third gun yet for the Pheasant carving.

Since this gun was in “used” condition when I recieved it for the carving work, the finish on the stock and forearm grip were in really poor shape. So, I resanded both sections and refinished them while I had them in my shop.

The artwork on this gunstock is my own original drawing, although I modified the Quail some from a carving plan I found at

The finish I applied started with Watco’s Danish Oil, which is an oil/varnish mix. After applying several wiped coats of the Danish Oil over several days, I moved onto Wipe-On Polyurethane. After a few coats of the Wipe-On Poly, I added several coats of sprayed Satin Polyurethane to smooth out the finish. I’m pretty happy with the overall finish at this point, and it should be dependable in the field when this gun is used, even in rain or snow.

thanks for reading,
Mark DeCou

(Note: All photos, project design, artwork, carving patter, and text is protected by copyright 2009 by the author M.A. DeCou, all rights reserved, no unauthorized use of this material in whole, or part is allowed without expressed written permission.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 07:14 PM

Supurb! How could anyone go hunting with something this beautiful!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 07:47 PM

you must have eaten your wheaties this morning…….very beautiful… this should have two maloof rockers posted…..maybe more ceral first…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 07:53 PM

Beautiful work!....I have a couple rifles/shotguns I need to make/repair the stocks for – along with a nice case to display them (as soon as I can find the time)...I will certainly like to discuss some customization when I get to that point….Those are definitely display pieces of superior quality…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 08:12 PM

Yes Grizzman, I’m struggling with the photography on the rocking chairs today, eventhough they are both ready for shooting. The overcast sky is perfect for light right now. But, my lawnmower is broken so the yard is pretty deep, and not really what I wanted as a backdrop. It’s always something. The rockers head to their new home this weekend, so I’m going to have come up with something quick. The lawnmower just has me scratching my head. You know Briggs & Strattons….it’s always something. Tried fuel pump and new sparkplugs, didn’t do a thing to help the problem. Next is valve adjustment, then I’ll try carb rebuild, and then look at head gasket after that. Meanwhile, I may just see if my neighbors want to put my grass into a big round bale for cattle. It’s always something.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 08:13 PM

Thanks ReggieK. Let me know when you want to discuss the carving.

I’m hoping heaven is even better actually.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 08:37 PM

Very nice ! I have a Ruger model 700, 30-06 that im planing on refinishing some day because of some camo tape I left on for way to long. think Ill have to consider some carving as well.

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#7 posted 08-05-2009 08:47 PM

maybe the chair shot should be a rocker on each side of the lawn mower and a few shots of you and your wife or someone sitting in them with the tall grass..making it look like the chairs are just to comfy to get out of and mow the lawn……...or get the nieghbor to cut and bail it…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 08-05-2009 09:18 PM

Awesome! These guys are going to be so pleased….............

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

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#9 posted 08-05-2009 09:25 PM

I wouldn’t want to photograph that old Swisher mower though. The grass doesn’t really bother me, everyone else thinks it should be short and with nice wheel tracks in straight lines.

I’m not happy with the photos of the rocker I got today, but I’ll post them and get some more to add later.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 10:08 PM

Beautiful work! I’m impressed.


-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 12:50 AM

Mark another great looking carving.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 08-06-2009 01:22 AM

another great job Mark

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#13 posted 08-06-2009 01:41 AM

Absolutely reat carving Marc. Your an inspiration to all of us.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 08-06-2009 03:00 AM

Very impressive work! You are blessed with a God given talent. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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