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Forum topic by Chris posted 12-29-2014 07:01 AM 876 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2014 07:01 AM

I was wondering if anyone is familiar with the largest pieces of Fiddleback Maple that could potentially become available on the market at some point? I am looking for a piece that could possibly be used for inletting a high power rifle action into. Then comes my concerns. Do you think that the composition of Fiddleback Maple would be conducive to resisting damage due to the dynamics of a high power rifle recoil. Understanding the complexities of its creation through wind imposed on a segment of tree over time, I’m thinking it might due fine but then again not sure.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 11:42 AM

Hello Mr. Harrell, I just wanted to tell you that I teach Orchestra classes and some of those violins that I have, have the fiddleback on them. They have survived several drops to the floor when a student isn’t paying attention, and I would liken that to the recoil (maybe, I only really shoot shotguns New Jersey laws and all). The binding loosens before the wood cracks. Don’t know if that helps you or not.

As to availability, that I can’t help you with, maybe speak to instrument makers and they can point you in the right direction

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 08:12 PM

Highly figured curly maple (Fiddleback Maple) has been used for gun stocks for many years. The following website carries a number of such blanks specifically for rifle stocks.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 08:39 PM

Thanks a great deal gentleman. Perfect!

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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