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Created from a section of Pine wood and an aluminum pipe, I designed and crafted this decorative rifle, and then inserted a Japanese cork sculpture into the stock (I did not make the cork sculpture, I purchased it from a thrift store).
I was never too fond of working with wood until I decided to start this project. That whole genre of tasteless class that includes taxidermy animals, bear skin rugs, enormous desks flanked by national flags and such, I love that stuff. So I began work on my own decorative rifle, and while cutting, sanding and staining, I constantly thought of it hanging on the wall under spotlight.
The cork sculpture was left uncovered to enhance the “Do Not Touch” -ness of the object as a whole. You can also see more clearly the immaculate detail of the bridges, towers and birds without a pane of glass or pool of resin.
I opted to leave the trigger, trigger guard and sights out, and maintain the idea of sculpture instead of weaponry. If it were functional as a rifle though, the barrel is true, and it would shoot straight.
“Rifle with Landscape Inlay”
Completed Late 2011 - Sculpture Work - Shapes Industries