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Question on Trends in High Grade Wood Gunstocks

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by wineguy, Aug 14, 2009.

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  1. wineguy

    wineguy TS Member

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    It seems that over the years there has been a shift away from "feather" or crotch figure into more marble figuring. Is there a reason for this? Is there a current trend in customer demand for ceratin grain and figure or is this due to what mother nature now has to offer?
    Your Thoughts?
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  2. Setterman

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    It's personal preference. My Seitz in the rough.
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    Could be that in years past many trap guns were stocked in American Black Walnut or California Claro Walnut and now Circassian Walnut ("French/English/Turkish") is all the rage and priced accordingly. Now, if you happen to see a piece of Circassian with feather or crotch figure in it, the price will give you a nosebleed....but the wood will be stunning...and probably worth the money!
     
  5. Guy

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    Setterman: That's a fine lookin' stick....let's see the other side.

    The availability of really high grade english will continue to drop as the old orchards in Northern California and other places are pulled. These trees that are 80-100 years old do not produce acceptable levels of walnuts (that's what the grower wants).....so, they are pulled and replanted with newer strains that get into production faster but will produce lower quality wood, or are pulled, and a sub-division is built.

    These days you can buy really fine Turkish for less than high grade english....and there is ample supply of standard grade claro and bastogne. Those fine feather crotch sticks are mostly claro, and a tree has only so many large branches to get them.

    Google Denli to see some Turkish.
     
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    Here's mine after three years of use:
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  7. front242

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    Andy,

    Great engraving on that gun. Very, Very cool.

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  9. Fathawk

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    Can someone post examples of the feather grained crotch, the claro and the burl so on can see the differences next to each other?

    Can you tell the difference by appearance in american walnut and turkish? What do you look for?

    Last, I picked up a gun a coupla days ago, what wood is this in the pic?
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    Thanks for any help
     
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    Like this? My new stock before years of use.
     
  11. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Harv, that's a gorgeous piece of wood guy!! Hap
     
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