Ralph: since you asked:
This is what it started out like: (that's a 4' rule next to it for scale)
Removed a fair amount of excess wood on the band saw with the
and out-feed tables
here was the butt in progress.. lots of shavings yet to go
The carving yet to come (purely decoration) will be chisels & knives, and is a bit worrisome as I've never
tried that yet. Oh well, that's why I do these things... to try something new...
the barrel is 50 caliber, 44", the whole thing comes in bang on (pun accidental, but I like it so it stays...) at 5'
the little slab on the end of the butt is a removable cover for the so-called patch-box, wherein one may store
patches for the projectiles, cleaning stuff, or even a snack...
I will take it deer hunting in the fall, if past non-success in this pursuit keeps on, I'd better bring a snack in the patch-box!