A Salute to the Army

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JohnU

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I've been playing around with this idea for a while now and finally got some finished. They are made from authentic Army uniform buttons. The first is a sierra that went to my dad, who served in the army in 1968-1970. The second set of carbines went to a friends two boys. They are military history buffs and were all eyes when they came over and seen me working on them. The last pic is of the variety of bolt action blanks I made while playing with the idea. I just haven't have time to turn them all. The other branches of the military will be next. All comments welcome. Thanks!

Sierra Army Button.jpg bolt action army pair 1.JPG Bolt Action    Army Button      Group.JPG
 
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mark james

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John, those are beautiful. If you can get the dimensions to be able to turn with the buttons intact, that is an awesome achievement - and apparently accomplished!

Very, very nice. đź‘Ť
 
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Gorgeous!!! These are a tribute to those that served and are very unique to say the least. Will you be making these blanks available for others to purchase? If so, I'll need 3 Navy blanks and 1 Air Force blank. Name your price. I don't turn much acrylic so I'll have my friend Chuck turn them for me. I'm also assuming these are the .30 cal bolt action from PSI done in 24 kt Gold? These are above and beyond, great job!
 

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Thanks for the nice comments! I actually cut the button back to fit the allowed space. I had to leave a little taper in the Sierra as to not hit the button. The raised surface needs a little room.
I cant take individual orders with so much going on but Ed and Dawn will be selling them at Exoticblanks as I get them made. Currently my shop is being relocated due to my sons new basement game room so I’m speed thin and can’t find where anything is. Lol
 

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Great idea John and nice work. I have been working on a similar idea and need to get back to this now that you gave me some inspiration. Just so much going on. I am sure they will be sellers for you. Good luck and thanks for showing.
 

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Those look great. I cannot image the amount of work getting them to lay so perfectly on the tube. Your blanks are always a cut above. I like the idea also - something I have never seen.

Congrats.
 
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