Carvings On The Stock:
I also shaped the forearm along either side of the ramrod channel:
Now I ready to draw out my Rococo designs on the butt stock of the rifle. I left extra wood in this area for this purpose. Have to admit I drew several designs over period of several days before I came up with something I liked. Hope you like it too.
Now I could start to shape the scrolls and the carvings to the centerlines. Note, the centerlines were not parallel to the outer edge. These are "C"s and "S"s and by tapering, you give the effect of being as thou it is a plant.
Continue this for the remainder of the carving. At this point the carving is still in rough state.
Following the same steps as before, I carved this section out and under the cheek piece, too. Here is the finished side.
To transfer the wrist carving to the other side, I traced the carving onto tracing paper. Laid the tracing paper face down on the other side, making sure I had the two carvings lined up and then rubbed the tracing onto the stock. Lifted the tracing paper and penciled in the lines to make them darker.
I wanted to place a carving behind the tang on top of the wrist. Something simple, but would compliment the other carvings. Again, taking my time I drew out my drawing onto the stock.
Once this was cut out and shaped, I positioned the inlay onto the stock. Now I annealed the brass to soften it so it could be shaped to conform to the cheek piece.
I used two steel brads for the eyes and 4 brass brads for the wings and the tail. The holes were drilled and I pinned the inlay to the stock with steel brads then inlayed the eagle into the stock.