The 2014 Show Us Your Buckmark contest winners.
Release Date: 6/29/2015
The 2014 winners can provide some great ideas for your next entry. You might think that every idea has already been done. Before you think that, remember that the winners above got great prizes for making their ideas a reality. So, take a quick look and get to work.
Now this ceramic treasure chest provides a safe harbor for her many trapshooting medals. Breeann’s mother showed her the Show Us Your Buckmark contest on Facebook and the rest is history. “It’s the best thing I ever did,” said Breeann. “And it felt like it fit.”
Congratulations Breeann, and we hope you enjoy your new Browning BT-99 competition shotgun as your prize in the Show Us Your Buckmark contest.
More photos of Breann are at the bottom of this article.
Winner #2: Donnie McLawhon -- Handmade Wooden Gear Clock.
It’s been said that time flies when you’re having fun, and for Florida’s Donnie McLawhon time probably goes by at near-supersonic speed.
“I made one of these wooden gear clocks for my son as a wedding gift,” McLawhon said. “An acquaintance saw it and asked me if I could build one for him because his daughter is getting married and their wedding theme is the Buckmark!”
“I have been working on this clock for about six months, and it’s made from walnut, cherry, oak, and African mahogany,” he continued. “All the wood is from rough cut stock, then planed to thickness. All the gear teeth have been hand-cut and polished. The clock is weight-driven and keeps very good time.”
And why did McLawhon pick a Browning X-Bolt White Gold Medallion in 300 WSM as his winning prize? “While I do have a good band saw, I don't have a good hunting rifle,” he laughed.
Detail shots of how McLawhon created this clock are at the bottom of the article.
It looks like the Talley family hunting tradition is off to a great start with his selected prize, a new Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter in one of the potent 300 magnums, introduced as a 2015 SHOT Show special.
Got to the bottom of this article to see another photo of their little baby boy, Woods.
“The next day I took the concrete out of the mold and used a series of diamond grit polishing pads to expose the stones which took 2 to 3 hours,” continued Guthmiller. “Then I made a slurry of cement to fill in the air pockets in the concrete. The following day I polished the slurry coat and let it dry. Later that day I acid stained it with 3 shades of brown.”
"The next day I neutralized the acid with ammonia, then used an adhesive stencil and concrete acetone dye to put the Buckmark on and free-handed the camouflage inside the buck. I acetone-dyed the side of the table 5 times with the Buckmark and Browning logo.”
“I got into gunstock engraving as a way to relax after I got back from Iraq,” continued Starr. “I saw the Show Us Your Buckmark contest a couple of years ago and thought, ‘That’s cool, why don’t I enter that?’”
“The Buckmark is inlaid in artificial ivory while the checkering pattern is what I call a ‘triple weave’ and is based on traditional leatherworking patterns.”
Looks like this Starr will have plenty of opportunities to chase his favorite small game and upland birds with his winning prize for his innovative entry, a new Browning A-5 Hunter autoloading shotgun.
Tracy Cain, Ontario -- Beaded Leather Mitts
As Tracy explained, "This is a pair of beaded leather mitts I made for my son for Christmas 2014. I am just a beginner when it comes to this type of project, I thought it turned out great! My cousin told me I should submit my photo." We think this is very nice work -- especially for a first time project.
Pamela Bastian, North Carolina -- Orange and Camo Afghan.
As a self-described hunting widow, Pamela Bastian from North Carolina had some extra time on her hands and put it to good use with her corner-to-corner Buckmark afghan.
“My husband and son spend a lot of time at their hunting camp, and the season is pretty long here in North Carolina,” noted Bastian. “My husband likes the Buckmark so much I thought I’d make him an afghan. I graphed out the pattern on paper, figured out which blocks were camo and which were hunter orange and just started in. It took me about 40 hours over a single week to finish and it’s 36 inches by 48 inches. I began at one corner and worked my way to the opposite corner, rather than going back and forth, row by row.”
Bastian discovered the Show Us Your Buckmark contest by looking over he husband’s shoulder while he was surfing on the Browning website. “I thought I probably should enter and see what happens,” she laughed.
While she really likes the look and quality of Browning clothing, for her SUYB prize Bastian picked a new Buckmark rimfire pistol, which will be perfect because she enjoys going out with her family for some informal pistol shooting.
Scott Burton, Texas -- Buckmark Yard Christmas Sleigh and Reindeer.
Scott's runner-up winning entry is something we wished we could see in person. As Scott describes it, "I wanted to decorate my yard for Christmas in a way that demonstrates my family's hunting lifestyle. What better way . . . than with an iconic hunting symbol? I have been amazed at how many people recognize the Buckmark and have gotten multiple compliments on the Buckmark Christmas display from my neighbors, passers-by and friends that I have e-mailed! I wanted to decorate my yard with "The Best There Is!"
Elizabeth Barnes, Minnesota -- Handmade Baby Blanket
Elizabeth Barnes from Minnesota says hunting and shooting come naturally to her. “I’ve spent my whole life hunting,” she said with plenty of North woods pride in her voice. “We all hunt! - My dad, my husband and my 12-year-old daughter, who got her first buck just a few days after her 10th birthday.”
“My brother and his wife had a Browning-themed wedding,” she recalled. “There was a Buckmark on top of the wedding cake and the bride was in a camo wedding dress. I thought a Buckmark baby blanket would be a perfect fit for their new daughter, and my first niece, who was born on November 21st. The blanket is 32 by 36 inches and it took about five or six skeins of yarn and about 20 hours of work to finish. After I was done, I saw the Show Us Your Buckmark contest on the website and decided to enter the blanket.”
When asked about her favorite Browning, Barnes thought for a moment and said, “Where to start? It would have to be the Browning rifles, because they remind me of my dad.” To help keep that loving memory always fresh, Barnes gets a new BL-22 lever-action rimfire rifle for her entry.
Carve Us Your Buckmark
Josiane Leblanc -- Most LIKES.
Josiane clearly got the most Facebook LIKES for her classic, straight forward Buckmark design. She received over 100 total votes at the time the contest was tallied. We are pretty sure she has a lot of Facebook friends that came through when she needed them. Josiane hails from Canada and enjoys Browning and the outdoor lifestyle. Congratulations Josiane.
WD Cole -- Most Creative.
WD took the top "most creative" prize with his carved elk and deer scene surrounding the Buckmark logo, all on top of the Browning logotype. The detail is very fine. Everything about this is cool. WD hails from Athens, Georgia. He doesn't do a lot of posting on Facebook, but this one was well worth the effort. Congratulations WD.
Enjoy These Additional Photos Provided by the Winners of the 2014 Show Us Your Buckmark Contest.
Breeann Jean Vieth -- Ceramic Box
Donnie McLawhon - Handmade Wooden Gear Clock.
Justin Talley -- Mallard Tail Feather Buckmark
Pamela Bastian, North Carolina -- Orange and Camo Afghan.
Scott Burton -- Buckmark Yard Christmas Sleigh and Reindeer.
Article copyright Browning 2015. Individual photos are copyright by the named owners. Photos from winners are used by Browning with specific permission granted under the rules of the Show Us Your Buckmark contest. Article written by Browning staff writer Scott Engen, 2015. Copyright Browning. Contest winners drawn from 2014 calendar year entries, selected by the Browning selection committee in early February 2015.