Try plugging this into your browser location bar:tried the museum Only one pistol on line but thanks anyway
While hazel and blackthorn do grow in No. Am., there is no hazel that I know of within hundreds of miles. The only blackthorn near here is planted as a garden ornamental. The American chestnut is all but extinct. There are a few remnant stands a few hundred miles north of where I live.more into the choice of the shank, ,staining , and removing the bark.I still dont get why the bark is removed as hazel,chestnut,blackthorn has good characteristcs and when oiled should last a lifetime, I havnt seen a lot of wood you use over there (
Just posted some pics on shanks on the stains topic? should have posted them here?more into the choice of the shank, ,staining , and removing the bark.I still dont get why the bark is removed as hazel,chestnut,blackthorn has good characteristcs and when oiled should last a lifetime, I havnt seen a lot of wood you use over there (
While hazel and blackthorn do grow in No. Am., there is no hazel that I know of within hundreds of miles. The only blackthorn near here is planted as a garden ornamental. The American chestnut is all but extinct. There are a few remnant stands a few hundred miles north of where I live.
Of the trees around me, beech has a nice smooth bark. I like carving the wood, but I think most would find it quite hard. Young sycamore, similar to the English plane tree, has a beautiful smooth bark, mostly ivory colored, but mottled w. patches of green and brown. But sycamore rarely has straight limbs, except when young, and then tends to be to light and flexible for stickmaking. Early on, I tried leaving the bark of those trees on some stick, but put coats of polyurethane on them, not oil. Some of the beach bark became brittle after a year or so, and began to split away from the wood. The varnish on the sycamore bubbled up, and began to flake off. I may try doing some w. an oil finish in the future.
Over a year ago, I found a prunus spinosa, aka blackthorn, at a west coast nursery and mail ordered it. It appears to be surviving its second winter, but it has grown very little. I hope that it will take off this spring. It is said to be invasive, which to me means that new shoots will come up and someday I can cut some blackthorn for an authentic shillelagh in honor of my grandad. It had better grow fast, as I'm 67.
The dremmel should work well on it must be difficult to carve ?
Dremmel works on it, it is very hard and chippy. Difficulty is the size and my carving style.
You might want to check the New York Metropolitan Museum's website. They have an extensive collection of arms and armor. I just glanced at their site. A search for pistol returns around 400 citations, and Colt pistol about 30. Not everything is illustrated, but google searches using the exact term the Met has to describe the different model returns lots of images of historic revolvers.
As it happened, the museum I worked at briefly held a small collection of pistols used in the American West. The values on them were very high, and they never went on display because we could not find a place in the galleries that we thought was secure enough. The collection had a couple of holsters. They were very plain, and quite beat up, as were most of the guns. There were a few fancy guns, including a set still in their presentation case. The fancy guns had engravings, and I suppose if they were ever worn, their would have been holsters made just for them. The guns that showed lots of wear were of various sizes and shapes. I would suppose the common holster would have been designed to fit any number of different revolvers.
You'd be surprised at the amount of wood you can remove and still have stability and strength. Sure a larger shank would offer more room, but I wouldn't think too much more would be needed. I mostly work with 1'' and less, sometimes 1.5''.The deoth of cut is nowhere near the depth you would use and the shank was a smaller daimeter. so a larger shank could offer more possibilitys? along with the bark being dipped in a dye?But this and the use of the leather dyes seems to be worth pursuing dont know how yet.
as for your tagau nut what size are they? have had a look on the carving path interesting work,very detailed