Day 13, Step 1
1) Since the buttplate is an odd shape, our in-house engraver, Tom, starts by hot gluing the buttplate to a block of wood.
Day 13, Step 2
2) Using a Sharpie for contrast, he then scribes the basic borders.
Day 13, Step 3
3) A chisel is then used to follow the lines.
Day 13, Step 4
4) Here Tom does some detail work on the rosette around the screw hole.
Day 13, Step 5
5) Because there wasn’t an original buttplate on this shotgun, Tom had to research the style of engraving that was used at the time to come up with the pattern.
Day 13, Step 6
6) Touching up the knurling on the safety button.
Day 13, Step 7
7) More knurling on the safety button.
Day 13, Step 8
8) The finished safety button.
Day 13, Step 9
9) The finished buttplate.