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Re: Starting a project

Postby ROMAC » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:25 pm

It might need a few tweaks but the engraving is basically done. I'm going up to Geoffroy's studio to go over any minor final details and settle up this week. Probably going to French Gray it but I wanted the engraving to be bold enough to not get lost whether it was cased colored or grayed.

My initials, RTM, are highly stylized on the trigger guard.

It has been a long time coming but worth the wait. Still need the barrels blued and the stock checkered and two forends done but they are getting close as well. Should be able to see at Ernie's in June if it all falls into place.
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Re: Starting a project

Postby Stan Hillis » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:48 pm

That is so, so nice, Roger. I can't wait to see pics of the finished gun. Wouldn't it be nice if you could actually see what a gun would look like with case-hardened colors, with French grey, and with other treatments, beforehand? Then we would really know. But, the French gray should look very nice. Awesome engraving by GG.

Well done. SRH
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Re: Starting a project

Postby vaturkey » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:13 pm

Dang Roger, that turned out super nice. I hope it is finished at Ernie's so I can drool all over it. :)
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Re: Starting a project

Postby ROMAC » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:03 pm

I got on the road early this morning and took a drive to Geoffroy Gournet's place in Bethlehem, PA. Afterwards, I put the pedal the metal out of there and got back to my local train station in time to jump on my Septa train to get to work in center city Philadelphia by 11:15. Let's just say speed limits were meant to be broken.

Anyway, he and I went over some final tweaks and he should be wrapping things up shortly. I just want to say that I was thrilled with the workmanship. Holding it in my hands gave me way more satisfaction than any picture ever could. Geoffroy and I took a few pictures and then I beat it out of there.

It was kind of a funny thing. Later, after I was on the train, I was just finishing up going through all of my emails when I realized I was just approaching Wayne Junction! I took a quick peek out of the window and I just caught a glimpse of what is left of the old factory as we went by. I almost missed it. Normally, if I think about it I'll almost always take a peek as we go by.

I started to think of all that went on there back in time and it reminded me of what I said to Geoffroy when I commissioned the work with him what is now several years ago. I told him to make it look like something that he would have done if he worked there back in the day. No flying turnips or quail with space helmets and make it deep LOL!! I think he caught the essence of what I was hoping for perfectly.

Hopefully it will be just about done in time for the NE SXS event in June.
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Re: Starting a project

Postby Silvers » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:31 pm

Roger, what a fantastic Fox and just a few months to go ….. woohoo. Geoffroy sure did some realistic and boldly chiseled engraving. I like it a lot. Congrats!!! I look forward to seeing your Fox at Hidden Hollow.

PS: Geoffroy's front room and that cabinet in the background look about like the last time I was there about 3 years ago. Good things are very slow to change, kind of like the Fox factory building.

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Re: Starting a project

Postby Jim Cloninger » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:02 am

That is some project, Roger. I could never wait that long. Jim
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Re: Starting a project

Postby ROMAC » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:39 pm

Jim,

Having never done this before, I don't think I would have wanted to wait this long had I known going in how long it could take. I'm usually not that patient.

There were some extenuating circumstances though. First off I had to get in line, then the second set of barrels from the white and all the various ejector pieces that had to be fitted probably gave Dan some fits. While I never pushed the process hard, I did try to keep the lines of communication open just enough to let Dan know that I had not forgotten about it. It was easy to put things off until we could meet every June at the NE SXS.

The whole process has been very educational. It actually gave me time to allow my ideas to evolve on the one hand, and also time to unload a safe or two full of guns that I had accumulated over time to offset most of the cost on the other. I also never stopped looking for deals and buying guns that caught my eye, so I had plenty of things going on to keep me occupied. I think I will be much more content with this than a bunch of shooter grade guns that don't fit me all that well due to my 15 inch LOP and cast on for a lefty.

I have another walnut blank set squirreled away and have been thinking about what I want to do with it but I'm in no hurry. I'm still relatively young and in good health. Who knows, maybe another one in time for a retirement gift for myself would be just the ticket.
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Re: Starting a project

Postby Sporrns » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:06 pm

Roger, that is truly a beautiful piece of work and a benchmark reference gun for anyone considering a true custom gun. Kevin
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Re: Starting a project

Postby ROMAC » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:02 pm

So, I was asked what the tweaks were. It's done now so here goes.

Geoffroy needed to finish the engraving in the knuckle area under the receiver and dress the end of the rib extensioon with a thin gold line and engrave the area that mates with the receiver.

It's being shipped back to Dan now.
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Re: Starting a project

Postby ROMAC » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:45 pm

I Hope to see the gun close to being finished on Friday at Hauseman's.

I have not bugged Dan for pictures since it was shipped to him after being engraved in the beginning of February, so it could be case colored, blued, and checkered, or not!

I guess I will just have to wait and see.
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Re: Starting a project

Postby gunsrus » Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:20 pm

Looking forward to following the progress . Currently Dan has three of my projects . All 30" barrels , Restock and complete redo .
One A Grade double triggers 20 gauge
One CE Grade single trigger 16 gauge
One CE Grade double trigger 16 gauge
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Re: Starting a project

Postby ROMAC » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:45 pm

Here is a peek at how the case coloring came out. I am really glad I went with the deep relief engraving. This is the point in the process where a lot of the detail usually gets lost on some of the custom guns I've seen.

The engraving is still very distinct.

I can still opt for a French grey finish but I'm thinking I might like to see how it wears in for a season or two before making a final decision.

The wood is almost ready for checkering too!
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Re: Starting a project

Postby vaturkey » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:27 pm

ROMAC wrote:Here is a peek at how the case coloring came out. I am really glad I went with the deep relief engraving. This is the point in the process where a lot of the detail usually gets lost on some of the custom guns I've seen.

The engraving is still very distinct.

I can still opt for a French grey finish but I'm thinking I might like to see how it wears in for a season or two before making a final decision.

The wood is almost ready for checkering too!


Damn Roger that is fantastic. Have you decided whether the checkering will be a Fox pattern, or something more custom? Anyway, I'm sure you are glad its just about time to pick it up and head for the range.
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Re: Starting a project

Postby Jim Cloninger » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:54 pm

That case coloring looks great, Roger. Jim
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Re: Starting a project

Postby ROMAC » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:58 am

Tom,

I chose a pattern that will closely resemble a DE "Special" I saved pictures of and shared with Dan.

He said he was up for the challenge.
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