PORTLAND PYROGRAPHY

Girlfriend Gun

It was the first week of December 2017 when Ben contacted me wanting a custom burned rifle stock for his girlfriend…in time for Christmas!

I had never worked on gun stocks before…but I was excited by the challenge!

I told him that as long as he could deliver it to me with all of the finish removed and sanded down smooth before I got started I thought I could get it done for him in time.

And I did!

I worked with him to find just the right image to hand burn onto the one side. A mama bear with three cubs. His girlfriend’s nickname is Mama Bear. So, we thought this was a really great photo to use. I also helped him select the font for the name on the other side. I got busy transferring the art and then burning it onto the raw gun stock. As I mentioned, I had never worked on firearms before, so didn’t know anything about finishing them. I went to my local Rockler wood working store and talked to one of the knowledgeable associates there. My client, Ben, was sure he wanted a deep cherry/burgundy stain finished with a high-gloss clear coat. So, that’s what I chose for this project.

He LOVED IT!

Personally, I think a lighter stain would have emphasized the burning much better…I really prefer the look of the gun before the stain was applied. And I had told Ben, up front, that a lighter stain will show off the burning the best. But he was set on a darker stain and he was really happy with the result.

I’d love to do another gun and this time use a lighter stain to see how burning looks with that kind of finish.

See www.portlandpyrography.com for more of my pyrography work or to order your own custom piece.

Unfinished Mama Bear Girlfriend Gun - in process - Side 1
Unfinished Mama Bear Girlfriend Gun – in process – Side 1 – 2016
Unfinished Mama Bear Girlfriend Gun - in process - Side 2
Unfinished Mama Bear Girlfriend Gun – in process – Side 2 – 2016
Mama Bear Girlfriend Gun
Mama Bear Girlfriend Gun

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