Nat Newsome uses his woodworking skills to turn firearms into unique pieces of art
By Brian Bowden

A long history of drawing and artistic ability, mixed with the need for extra income, propelled Grovetown resident Nat Newsome to dabble in something that he loves with something that he loves. Both of those loves came together when he started his at-home business, Heritage Gun Carving & Design. "I've always drawn and done some type of art my entire life whether it be copper sculptures or just anything wacky," said Newsome. "I never knew what I was supposed to do with that until now."
The business, started solely by the 35-year-old Lincoln High School graduate in the garage of his home, personalizes firearms for their owners by carving depictions and designs into different parts of it. "I love watching the amazement in people's faces when they see their new piece for the first time," said Newsome. "It's not something that you can go anywhere around here and get. I like the idea of my customer being able to have a one of a kind." Although modified aesthetically, the firearms can still be used for its original purpose as well.
For Newsome, the process of hand carving each job is very similar to that of a tattoo artist and the tool he uses is very similar to that of what a dentist uses for root canals. "It takes times," said Newsome. "It's not a machine." He first takes the idea he receives from his customer and sketches out a template. Once he gets the approval, he then prints the sketch onto a thin film of sticky paper. He applies that to the wood base, which leaves a faint outline for him to follow. Lastly, he goes to work carving out the design. "Every single gun is different because I don't carve the same gun twice," said Newsome. "Every piece is a one of one."

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