|Project by HalDougherty||posted 08-05-2012 12:17 PM||3403 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
This thumbhole stock is for a Remington 721. The owner is left handed, but he has a right hand rifle. I carved this stock from black walnut, wild cherry with a sugar maple accent down the center. I thought I had a nice piece of figured walnut for the sides, only one problem, the best looking figure carved away. The color contrast between the walnut, cherry and maple is still beautiful.
I love working with real hardwood. I carved a stock this week using a blank made from the dyed birch plywood almost every other custom stockmaker uses. It was very frustrating. The wood is so brittle that it’s easy to chip out any small piece or anywhere the grain crosses a sharp edge. About the only way to reduce the chipping is to climb cut the entire stock. Using maple, walnut or cherry, I only have to be very careful around the small area around the cutout for the bolt. When that chips off and flies into a pile of shavings, it’s worse than searching for a needle in a haystack. Now you have to find a slightly bigger needle out of thousands of them. Most of the time, I give up and scrap an almost finished stock. So far in the years I’ve been carving stocks, I have only had to scrap out two stocks because a chip flew off and couldn’t be fixed without showing the defect.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com