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Wall Mounted Display Rack for an Antique Double Barreled 12 Gauge Shotgun, using antique Osage Orange Fence Posts from a Chase County Kansas Flint Hills Tall Grass Prairie Cattle Ranch.

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Project Story
This project was a commission to build a wall display rack for an antique shot gun, to be mounted on a wall in a Limestone Ranch House in Chase County Kansas, not far from where I live. The wood is antique Osage Orange Fence Posts, in the range of 100 years old, or more. The hair-on leather is a bull-hide, and the hooks were made with Kansas Chase County Whitetail Deer antler sheds.

In my design, I was trying to combine natural textures, colors, and sculptural elements to accent the shotgun, and the limestone wall, without taking anything away from them. So, my design concept was to accent, not overwhelm.

Boy, it's amazing how long something so simple looking can take to build…....
I covered the plywood center panel with hair-on bull hide. The posts were rabbeted to allow for the complete covering of the panel edge, and the end cross sections were used to add color and accent.

thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

(Notice: This project's story, photos, and design is protected by copyright 2011 by the Author, M.A. DeCou, no unauthorized use of any of this material in total, or part, is allowed without expressed written permission.)

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Hey Mark, that osage orange wasn't hard was it? LOL!! Using the fence post end slabs as corners created a very nice contrast in color and visual appeal.
 

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Very cool. What is the finish on the rough sides of the posts? Is it wiped on or sprayed? I have a few very weathered juniper fence posts that have barbed wire wrapped around them that I want to do something similar with, maybe use a buck skin (if I'm successful this year!!). Great project.
 

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Mark: A great looking wall display. Nice job.
 

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Finish is sprayed satin lacquer. Osage is pretty hard when really dried out like a post, but with sharp blades it isn't bad to work with. The hardest thing is dealing with boards that don't have square edges, but I can't get the same look without using the log exterior. I wanted to hide the edge of the plywood panel, so I cut rabbet joints in the logs, that took some head scratching, but I was able to figure it out.
 

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this is a very beautiful display mark, im a rustic loving guy and i really enjoy the use of natural materials, you did a splendid job of showing them all here, thanks for showing it…grizz
 

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Hi Mark,

Great job on this.

Lee
 

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Very cool and unique. It looks like it weighs a ton! How did you bolt it on the wall?
 

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That rocks, anyone with teenage daughters near dating age would love that by the front door LOL
 

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Outstanding! I love the rustic look of your project. I've got a 1889 Remington hammer shotgun that looks a lot like this one. My dad carved a stock for it in the 1950's because the original stock was broken when he was a kid.
 

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As always, gorgeous work Mark. Kudos. GB m
 

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Wonderful blending of media and texture. All the elements compliment and seem to tell a story about where the shotgun has been and what it has been used for. Excellent work!
 
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