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Old 07-16-2009, 11:04 AM
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I've added photos of engraving-in-progress of the Moose to this Thread...work is underway on the moose scene and all that is left to do is a bit more detail to the face and head, and perhaps some light cloud work above the figure. I should also mention that just as I finished the Lynx and posted the inital "Lynx" Thread last week, my new Zeiss Surgical Loupes arrived. The Moose was engraved entirely under the new Loupes. It will probably take some time before I am really comfortable with them, but so far the Loupes are working well for me.

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I'm currently working on a 375 H&H Bolliger Rifle that has a North American animal theme. I have most of the scroll and border work completed and I'm just starting the animal figures. I wanted to show the Lynx grip cap I just finished this morning. The first photo shows how I started by attaching a web photo to the block and generally laying out the cat. I did not copy, trace or otherwise use the photo directly or repeat that cat exactly - it was only to remind me of what a Lynx might look like, and I turned his head a little as I drew him. There are very few Lynx in my neighborhood to look at, so this method of creating/drawing such a cat is all I have for reference!

What I came up is an intertpretation of the features of a Lynx for the engraving - and where I should place it relative to the oval of the grip cap and allowing for the screws (you can see where I traced over the lilnes of the screw head to keep it out of the Lynx' face). The bottom screw was left to be covered with hair and the top has pine twigs running through it - we'll cut the slots later.

The floor plate will be engraved with a Grizzly scene and the butt plate will have a Yukon Moose = more on those later.



And here's the butt plate, ready for the moose.


and.... the Moose engraving underway...........



And the floorpate - my Bear got my Moose!

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Old 07-16-2009, 11:16 AM
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Not only a nice engraving but a really nice photo.

What sort of plant is that?

I like the way the lynx is looking at something out of frame to the left - adds interest.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:48 AM
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Beautiful Mike
Why did you ever stop the jewelery buis? Can't be because of you setting 1.5mm stone's instead of 1.5 carat ones. And I surely didn't mean to p you off on that one
On the other hand I can understand.
Guns and rifles don't go well here in Holland but in the USA I do think there is a good market for nicely engraved firearms.

Back to the Lynx, great portrait.
thanks for showing.

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Old 07-16-2009, 12:22 PM
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Steve: the Lynx in the original art looked started to me - the eyes were wide opened and face-on. I wanted to create a different look, so I turned the head to his left and squinted the eyes just a bit. Now he looks more like he could bite - like one more step dude, and I'll be all over your face!

I picked that leaf off my wife's geranium plant - quiet, please!

Daniel: no offense taken. I'm my own worst proof reader, but I'm still happy to be out of the day-to-day jewelry business. I still have my bench and all my tools, so I can do a little work now and then.

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Hi Mike,
The cat looks mean, but I'll bet Murphy would tear him a new one (if he could stay awake long enough). Can't wait to see the finished project.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:35 PM
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Daniel, I look foward to the same feeling when I retire, wil still do some work for old customers...
When we just get???
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:58 PM
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Hi Mike,
The cat looks mean, but I'll bet Murphy would tear him a new one (if he could stay awake long enough). Can't wait to see the finished project.
Ken Burklow
Yes, Murphy (my lazy studio dog) bullies my wife's house cats around all the time, but I don't think he would stand a chance against this Cat!
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:51 PM
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Mike

Looking forward to seeing the Moose - that gallery I did for you remains surprisingly popular in my daily site logs.

I thought the Lynx looked like he'd just spotted a rabbit and was deciding if he was close enough or not.
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Mike, gorgeous lynx! Well executed and overall just beutiful. Cant wait ti see the moose. Thanks for showing.
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Great, Mike!

Your work is always a perfect balance of good art, and precise cutting.

Thank you

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mike, as you usually do, a very beautiful job !
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Some great looking work Mike. I would say your intrepretation was well done as your lynx does look much more menacing than the one in the photo.

The butt plate looks like it will be exquisite when done. I hope to see it.

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Old 07-22-2009, 01:12 PM
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Mike, gorgeous lynx! Well executed and overall just beutiful. Cant wait ti see the moose. Thanks for showing.
Thanks Tim - now you can see the Moose!

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Mike, very nice Lynx & the Moose is just great.
It was good to meet you at the Engrave-In, even if it was very breifly, I hope you can make it next year for a bit longer.

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Mike, very nice Lynx & the Moose is just great.
It was good to meet you at the Engrave-In, even if it was very breifly, I hope you can make it next year for a bit longer.

Simon.
Simon:

Our stop at Scott's Engrave-In came during the last two days of a two-week trip to visit our kids in Oklahoma, with several other casual stops along the way. The trip totalled about 2,600 miles and we were just about exhausted by the time we got to Mont Eagle. I'll reserve that weekend for the Engrave-In ONLY next year!

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hi Mike .. nice work . I like what you did to that butt plate .. thanks for showing .. Ron p
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:47 PM
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That moose is looking great - just like the lynx!

Every time I look at that lynx I see the same story playing out in my mind.

The lynx was walking along and all of sudden noticed a rabbit, holding frozen a few feet to the side. Everything's stopped dead while the lynx and the rabbit try to decide if the lynx is close enough or the rabbit's far enough away. Will the lynx simply continue on his way as if the rabbit's beneath his notice? Will the rabbit make a break for it, probably drawing the lynx in pursuit? Will the lynx make a move, trying to get to the rabbit before it can escape?

Now the moose is watching to see.
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:11 AM
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Yes, and now for the Grizzly bear scene on the floorplate - this is going to be a real Zoo!

Anyway, I did develop a composite of your various "Moose Shots" from Cabelas to render a sketch of this Moose.

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