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Some new furniture - pics inside

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Rastoff, Feb 3, 2012.

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  1. Rastoff

    Rastoff Active Member

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    As a lefty I've struggled in a right hand world my whole life. As a consequence, I've learned some bad habits and often do better with right hand things that I've adapted myself to. Well, I've had enough of that and decided to get a custom stock made for my Trap gun.

    Through this site I managed to hook up with a relatively new stock maker, Doug Carpenter (dcblvsh2) http://www.ccgunstocks.com/contactus.html

    We've actually been working on this stock for about a year. Talking back and forth and I even made a trip to Ohio where I got to talk with Doug in person. It was a long process, but I'm super picky and I'm sure I drove Doug nuts with my requests.

    We spent a lot of time talking about the checkering. I had some ideas, but it was Doug that came up with the final design. I'm absolutely blown away with the results.

    The wood is Bastogne walnut. I got it from Mike Mann: http://whitecreekgunstockblanks.org I just told him what gun I had and what kind of look I was interested in. He actually sent me the blank for me to evaluate and gave me the choice; either send it back or send a check. I sent the check.

    I recommend both of these gentlemen if you have any interest in having a stock made.

    Now on to the pictures:

    Bastogne Walnut is subtle in the figure it presents. You must look at it in the right light at the right angle to see the real magic. The pics will not do it justice.

    The blank:

    BastogneBlank.jpg

    Looking at this picture it's hard to believe the wood is smooth, but it is.

    The shaping begins:
    Doug first cut a temporary "try" stock that had an adjustable comb on it.

    When I was in Ohio, we went to the range and I shot a few targets and he made some adjustments to the palm swell, grip, comb, etc., until I felt comfortable with it. Then he used that to cut into the real wood. This is the first I saw of it.

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    Once he finished the basic shape, he put a temporary finish on it and sent it to me. I shot it a bunch, made some notes and sent it back to him. At first I wanted a fixed comb, but quickly realized that wasn't going to work. So, Doug cut an adjustable comb and installed the hardware:

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    Next it was time to come up with a checkering pattern. Doug really had a good feel for what I wanted and what would work with the gun. He sent me a couple pictures of sketches:

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    We went back and forth with these until it was right. I really appreciate the time he put into this design. He even sent me photos of the design laid out on the stock.

    Then I just had the agony of waiting while he cut the checkering. Some things just can't be rushed.

    The final product came in yesterday. I am just knocked out by the way it turned out. Unfortunately, these pictures are a monument to my lack of photographic skill. They just don't capture the radiance of the figure this piece of Bastogne has. Here they are anyway:

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    <a href="http://s201.photobucket.com/albums/aa253/Rastoff/Ljutic%20ARS/Custom%20Stock/?action=view&current=PalmSwellCheckeringsmall.jpg" target="_blank"> PalmSwellCheckeringsmall.jpg </a>

    <a href="http://s201.photobucket.com/albums/aa253/Rastoff/Ljutic%20ARS/Custom%20Stock/?action=view┬Ąt=FingerGrooveCheckeringsmall.jpg" target="_blank"> FingerGrooveCheckeringsmall.jpg </a>

    <a href="http://s201.photobucket.com/albums/aa253/Rastoff/Ljutic%20ARS/Custom%20Stock/?action=view&current=Forearmsmall.jpg" target="_blank"> Forearmsmall.jpg </a>

    I can't wait to get out and shoot it!

    If you want some stock work done, don't hesitate to give Doug a call for the stock or Mike for the wood. You won't be sorry.
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Well-Known Member

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    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS can you see the my drool all over the keyboard.. Ross Puls
     
  3. Saxman

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    WOW !!!!
     
  4. grntitan

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    That looks like crap. You should probably just send it to me so nobody see's you shooting that gosh awful thing. :)

    Very nice.
     
  5. kraiza

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    Looks great.
     
  6. deadnout

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    now that is a good looking piece of work. normally prefer darker wood but that is impressive.treat it well.
     
  7. The Literalist

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    As an old gun man from way back, I think that's the prettiest Model 1100 I've ever seen.
     
  8. Rastoff

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    <blockquote><I>The Literalist wrote:<br> As an old gun man from way back, I think that's the prettiest Model 1100 I've ever seen. </I></blockquote>Um...what???
     
  9. Stl Flyn

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    What a Lunatic! Very nice.
     
  10. joe90t

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    I MUST say that is a Beautiful Stock. The work looks a if a TRUE Artist did it for himself. That is not just a Ljutic it is a "First Class Ljutic". Will not take a "Back Seat" to any other.It is Amazing how a person can take a piece of wood and turn it in to a work of "ART". joe90t
     
  11. Bob Hawkes

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    Looks gorgeous, enjoy.
     
  12. Baron23

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    Very, very nice.
     
  13. dgh

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    Impressive, Very nice
     
  14. Rebel Sympathy

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    As they say in NYC: "Gwa-jus, jus Gwa-jus"!

    Truly, very nice.

    Mike
     
  15. Uncle Sam

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    THAT........is cool!!!..........Uncle Sam, Pa.
     
  16. puablo

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    very nice job, enjoy it!
     
  17. rpeerless

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    Nice design, implementation and the checkering is awesome. The wood is just beautiful as well.
     
  18. wireguy

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    That is some major league awesome fiddleback.
     
  19. GradeIII

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    That is an amazing piece of work! I love the fact that he worked with you to get exactly what you needed. In addition to the personalized design, the checkering compliments the lines of the stock perfectly!!! Just beautiful!

    Doug Carpenter is doing the stock on an old LC Smith waterfowler for me, and I can report that he is great to work with! He put a pattern (expendable) stock on my gun made of some cherry wood he had laying around the shop. Once I get the gun back from the other gunsmith who's doing the metal work, I'll shoot it a little to bring the comb down to the right level, and Doug will then make the walnut (finished) stock for me.

    I would encourage anyone needing stock work to contact Doug. He is definitely an up and coming craftsman in his field. He is an (as of yet) undiscovered master in the stock-making world.

    Dana Farrell
     
  20. dcblvsh2

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    Hello, Thanks for all the kind words.

    I am new to trapshooters.com

    Rastoff is a great guy and even better customer, Thank you Rastoff for a great post.

    GradeIII thanks for the kind words, I am looking forward to completing your project as well.

    Doug Carpenter

    Carpenter's Custom Gunstocks LLC
     
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