Pedersoli Jaeger Hunter Gun Stock

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Project by Justin Gordon posted 01-08-2016 05:00 PM 6731 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Hope you are all well. I’ve seen some nice projects. Keep ‘em coming.

Here’s a Pedersoli, ‘Jaeger Hunter’, Hawkin replica flintlock that my friend asked me to make look “This side of Gaudy”. Now I’m not sure where “gaudy” is, never mind this side of it. So I figured he wanted me to cover it with carving but be tasteful. The hard part was designing the elements. I have a pile of scroll carving and architectural illustration books so I just highlighted my favorite sections and let the owner look through them for his likes and dislikes. Traditional musket carvings are rough and crude. Some are delicate and elegant. I was going for the latter. I also added a feature to these carvings where they have a three dimensional look to them. I gave some of the scrolls a depth by carving a skew view showing the side edge of the element. It looked good. I also needed a nice design for behind and around the barrel’s tang. It was days with no inspiration then I woke up one day from a nights sleep and poof, there it was, clearly in my mind. I quickly sketched it so I wouldn’t forget it. It’s beautiful. Thank you, God. There’s also a feather like pattern along the entire length of the barrel you can barely see.

Most of the carving is no deeper than 1/8”. In many places it’s a 1/16th. I mostly used micro chisels and small Pfeil gouges. (#5×3mm, #1×5mm, #3×5mm, and #5 and #9×5mm) Matching the element’s curves with tools for stop cuts was the most critical. To blend the carving in with the rest of the stock body I used a #3×1/2” wide and a nice wood file.

Sanding sucked. I hate sanding. It was tedious as all hell. All those real small places to get into? I had to buy a few small jewelers files (#00, 2, and 4 half rounds). I also had to devise a few small sanding sticks to reach the real small areas. The fingernail emery boards in various grits, cut to shapes, were key. I mostly used the 100, 180 and 240 grits with a final sanding with a 400 grit.

I consulted quite a few gun makers around the country and they all recommended stripping the entire rifle and use a Permalyn sealer. I followed their advice and was quickly ticked. It had a glossy finish which highlighted my mulligans. A 0000 steel wool was recommended to dull down the finish but that stuff is useless around finely carved areas. After 7 coats of the sealer, I went with old reliable: 4 more coats of Minwax, exterior, satin Polyurethane spray. It worked great and saved my ass.

This is some of my best designs. One gun maker suggested I remove the carving from the cheek piece. But I checked it out and you barely feel the carving when it’s against your face so there was no way I was going to cut off all that nice work. I do love the outcome. The owner lets me take this to gun shows to market my skills and get some work. Now I just need the time to do this to a gun of my own. :)

Till next time….............Justin Gordon

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 06:50 PM

Very nice work Justin ! (and great advertising, your friend is a great help )

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 07:00 PM

Just right. Not too much, not too little. Beautiful work. And I enjoyed reading your comments.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 10:08 PM

I am awestruck at the design and the level of craftsmanship on this, Justin!
That is just too beautiful for words… Thanks for posting it!

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 11:39 PM

Beautiful work. My dad used to make gun and rifle stocks… never thought of doing so myself until I saw this. Your craftsmanship is inspiring.

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#6 posted 01-09-2016 12:35 AM

Outstanding! Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 01-09-2016 01:55 AM

Very nice work, I have a question. How are the holders for the ram rod attached? The ones on my rifle are coming loose. and I don’t want to ruin it by attaching them the wrong way.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#8 posted 01-09-2016 05:35 PM

The ram rod holders are referred to as thimbles. Typically on period, or built to period spec firearms they are held in with pins. If you look closely at picture #1 you will see a pin that is holding the trigger guard.

Hope that helps.


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#9 posted 01-10-2016 03:40 AM

Wow! Justin, what an heirloom!


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#10 posted 01-10-2016 08:23 AM

Awesome carving!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-10-2016 05:02 PM

Nice. You obviously have a lot of patience. Personally, I would have stayed with an original build and used linseed oil or BLO, or, at least, Birchwood-Casey’s Linspeed finish. Nevertheless, a great job!

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#12 posted 01-10-2016 06:24 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, folks. Glad you appreciate the work. But patience I have little. Tools and time I have plenty, God willing.

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#13 posted 11-09-2017 11:45 AM

Justin. This is true art. I love the subtle design that brings you in for a closer look. Like your other works it is amazing.

-- AJ

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