A true craftsman decided to spruce up an old beat-up shotgun stock and created a thing of beauty.
Dustin Dattilio is passionate about hunting, the outdoors, and art. He’s been donating his works to fundraiser banquets for Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, and others in hopes of getting his work out there and bringing some attention to his craft.
This is the first stock that Dattilio has done. Normally, he does wood-burning art on basswood slabs, but after this project he is look forward to doing more gun stocks. Between sanding down the original stock, drawing out and burning the turkey into the wood, then adding a finish to it, he managed to complete the project in a day.
Dattilio only recently started doing wood-burning art in early 2014 after seeing his grandfather use a wood-burner on some of his carvings. When asked what inspired him to take on this project, Dattilio said,
“As a wildlife artist and a hunter, I wanted to do something that would connect with other hunters. I’ve always wanted to do a wood burning on a gun stock and my father-in-law had this Savage Arms Springfield Model 67 that was in pretty rough condition and was in need of being restored. I decided to burn a turkey onto the stock because of the upcoming Spring Turkey Season here in Vermont.”
Dattilio started by taking the stock and the fore-end off so that he could sand it. Using different grits of sand paper, Dattilio started with the roughest grit and worked his way towards a fine grit to remove the finish that was on the gun. Once the original finish was off, he freehand sketched out the turkey with a pencil and began to burn the design into the wood. The wood-burner tool he used has an adjustable temperature and is basically like using a hot pen.
“It’s a very slow process,” he says.
Once the wood-burning was finished, he used a clear Tru Oil to finish it. Placing three coats of the oil, he sanded it with a fine grit sandpaper between each layer of oil to make sure it went on smoothly.
While this might only be his first wood-burned gun stock project, Dattilio has been painting and doing other forms of wildlife art for years.
If you’re interested in seeing more of his work, check out his artist page on Facebook , or on Instagram @DustinDattilio You can contact him to purchase his previous works or if you’re interested in custom work at DattilioArtwork@Gmail.com