For your first flintlock, IMO you should keep it simple. I'd honestly stay away from any fancy inlays or carving, and concentrate on obtaining a functional firearm first. The fancy stuff although pleasing to the eye, does absolutely nothing to enhance the way the gun shoots. If you just have to inlay something, then do so with the side plate and or a toe plate. These two items are not difficult to inlay but they will show you whether or not you have the skill to do inlay work. You don't need frustration with your first build or it may turn you off to further attempts.
I think a lot of people romanticize about their first gun as turning out as beautiful as ones they've seen in books or at shows like Dixon's Gunmakers fair, etc. You need to realize those guns were created by skilled craftsmen with decades of experience, and dozens, sometimes hundreds of guns to their credit. I'd like to see their first guns , not their hundredth. I'd bet their first attempt was something on the order of a poorboy, devoid of anything fancy that would cause headaches. Just a gun that looks ok, but definitely goes bang.
Keep it simple, strive to make shoot well, while still having the gun look ok. It doesn't have to win awards, but it will be your creation no matter what. And remember, most hunting firearms are plain Janes. A deer doesn't care about fancy inlay work, or silver doodads imbedded in the wood. The only thing that concerns Mr. Buck is that piece of lead that's going to come his way.
Last edited by Blue Bird; 01-17-2017 at 10:46 AM.