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Offline Acer Saccharum

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Deer, oh deer!
« on: November 09, 2019, 05:02:24 AM »
Dear friend Rich Pierce needed an inlay for a fur trade flinter. He sent a photo of an original cheekpiece to his artistic daughter, who did super nice black and white artwork of the deer. I brought that black and white into my CAD/CAM system, and created a multi level toolpath in aluminum. Then I went over the tool marks with a dremel, blending the surfaces, defining muscles and body mass. The antler tips and plant leaves required some chisel work.

Then I ran the die, sandwiched with .015 brass and a 1/8" thick rubber backer, through my hand cranked rolling mill. Puff-puff, lemme tell you. I'm very pleased with the results, and thought you might like to see something a little different.

The die right out of the milling machine, with all its toolmarks and warts.




Then the product, with the extra metal trimmed off, in brass. The plate is 2 1/2" long.




Finally, in silver and brass:


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Offline Elnathan

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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2019, 05:20:41 AM »
For a Deringer, perhaps? Nice work.
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2019, 05:25:31 AM »
I think that's correct, Elnathan. I don't know much about his work.
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2019, 05:41:45 AM »
Absolutely marvelous work, Tom.
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 05:42:42 AM »
Here are a couple fur trade era inlays on Deringer rifles.





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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 05:55:42 AM »
Where are those from, Rich? I haven't been able to find much on Deringer rifles, part from Hanson's and Gale et al's books. Those pictures look like they came from somewhere else.
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 07:12:22 AM »
One from For Trade and Treaty by Gale. Other from a gun that sold at auction. Kept the picture. The rifle I’m building is based on the Deringer in the For Trade and Treaty book.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2019, 07:20:24 AM by rich pierce »
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 03:11:38 PM »
That would make a nice belt buckle as well.
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 03:41:47 PM »
Impressive work....LP

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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 03:42:07 PM »
Hi Tom,
Beautiful work!!. 

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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2019, 04:22:20 PM »
 That is really cool Tom, I would have never thought of them being made by a roller.

   Tim

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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2019, 05:22:41 PM »
  Excellent work Tom an to your daughter as well...Really like that folk art deer.. Has always been one of my favorites.  Rich your a lucky guy. Can't wait to see how it turns out...keep us posted..   Oldtravler

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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2019, 07:26:55 PM »
Beautiful work, Tom.  I love it.  You always end up doing the coolest projects.

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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2019, 07:54:18 PM »
Tom, you don't know the meaning of 'impossible', do you?
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2019, 08:46:09 PM »
Taylor, I find some of our Canadian members impossible. 😁
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2019, 10:03:21 PM »
I bet you could sell a few of those. I would like one even if to just use for décor in the man cave.
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2019, 12:20:59 AM »
That work is extremely impressive.
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2019, 01:05:41 AM »
YOU COULD DEFINITELY SELL THOSE!!

hint hint.  And the caps are intentional.
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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2019, 04:11:21 AM »
Tom those are really cool items you made there. They will look great on a rifle.

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Re: Deer, oh deer!
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2019, 04:40:50 AM »
Tom, that is great work.  I keep coming back to this and looking at that die.  There is no way I would ever have figured out how to do that.  It doesn't look like that would form what you made.  But I can see the proof, do what do I know?

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