Like the first woodcraft project, this was present for my nephew. As brothers at ages 5 and 8, naturally you cannot give one a gun, without making one for the other.
And so i did.
As they are almost identical when talking about the process of making them, i will just refer to the first woodcraft project for this purpose. The only real difference is that this gun was made of a single piece of wood and not three put together. In 'Gifts-for-your-little-nephew' terms of speaking this basically means that it will be the ladder one i will have to repair when they break them.
This piece was simply a christmas present for my little nephew who was then just eight years old. It is inspired by classic steampunk culture which celebrates the style of the victorian era while mixing it with modern day designs.
Although the piece has no real purpose except for looking cool, it still illustrates some of my flair for craftsmanship which I otherwise rarely get to show off.
It is made from three separate pieces of wood that I cut from a willow and chopped into shape. Afterwards I sanded the wood to make the surface as white and smooth as possible. Having finished the three pieces I used screws and other metal parts to make them fit together as a single unit. The wire on the front piece for example was applied to make it stay in place without rotating around the metal core that I had inserted into it. When the whole thing was solid, I started to apply the technical details. Screws, nuts and metal pieces were used to serve as the different parts of a gun, such as trigger, corsair and barrel.
Finally, as all the pieces had been applied, I could begin the 'painting' process.
Using a burn tool, the kind of burners children get to use in kindergarten, I started to apply the look and feel of the gun - simply by burning into the surface of the sanded wood. When you burn on such fine wood, it becomes almost as if you are drawing with a very fine pencil, and I was able to achieve a very high level of detail. Finally I burned my nephews name and age onto the gun.
He liked the gun.