Engraving The Rifle Furniture:
Then I proceeded to engrave the forearm inlay along the belly of the forearm.
Since I was putting in wire inlays, I added tentacles to the wood carvings on the butt of the stock. I made small chisels from a broken hacksaw and made the chisels to the depth of the wire inlays. After application, the stock is wetted down and the wood swells around the wire. Prior to insertion into the wood, you want to pull the wire across a triangular file to score the sides. This adds ribs to the side of the wire and helps hold it in place nicely.
Then I proceeded to work on the toeplate.
Decided to change the side plate. This was too much and started to make the rifle look too contemporary. So I changed the side plate to a plain plate with my cartouche stamped in the right-hand corner of the side plate.
So I drew out my patterns and lines.
Finally I engraved the patchbox. Put the sights on. After this I engraved the year across the barrel tang, put my name on the flat between the rear sight and the tang, then the name of the rifle "Re Becka" centered on the top flat between the rear and front sight.
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