Shiloh Prairie – A unique hand carved scene featuring an 1874 Sharps Rifle

Shiloh Prairie by Eric M. Saperstein Artisans of the Valley Woodcarving Artwork

“Shiloh Prairie” is the net result of Eric Saperstein’s 15 year personal project that finally finished in 2009 …

This project has been a LONG time in progress. Conception occurred in 1995 when Eric commissioned a custom made 1874 Sharps, by Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing of Big Timber, Montana. With a wait of over four years, he almost forgot about the piece. When it finally arrived, right around the turn of the millennium, Eric decided that this work of art really should be on display, but having a home remodel in progress the rifle was stashed away in the safe.

The challenge was to design a display panel worthy of the hand crafted buffalo rifle. After quite a bit of contemplation, give or take about two years, he decided to lay out a buffalo prairie scene, insetting the rifle into the horizon. Now the decision was made, so Eric in character jumped right into the pattern development and carving somewhere around mid-2002. Just to point out the small gap in the timeline, in case you haven’t noticed it’s 2008, the end of 2008!

Read more in a feature article in PDF form – this article features the story behind the project, in progress shots, and a whole host of detailed finished photos!

Article By Eric M. Saperstein
Artisans of the Valley
103 Corrine Drive Pennington, NJ 08534 609-637-0450


for carving patterns by Lora S. Irish


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