Gun Stock Refinishing & Restoration
Refinishing of Wood on Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Knife Handles

Gunstock Refinishing — Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Knife Grips


To Provide the Finest in:

  • Restoration and refinishing of formerly finished wooden gunstocks to better than original factory quality and appearance.
  • Unfinished woodstocks. Outstanding custom finishes, from the bare wood up.

                                         ~  In either case, hand-rubbed finishing excellence  ~


  • Eliminate years of wear & tear resulting in scratches, nicks, dings and general dullness
  • Transform your gunstock from the usual to the superb — a deep, hand-rubbed and polished finish as found on the very finest of firearms.
  • Increase perceived, and likely actual, VALUE. If a stock looks like it belongs on a $15,000 firearm, its inherent value has increased, whether you ever sell it or not. Your stock can have that look.

And then there are sentimental reasons, which often can be the most important.

                                             ? DO YOUR OWN REFINISHING ?

                    YouTube: "How to do anything" (written by Anybody's Opinion)

As you likely know, youTube blurbs have something to say about everything under the sun-- and then some! The website you're now reading ranks high in a google search, but listed before it are several how-to videos, which seem to come and go monthly, all offered as helpful tutorials on gunstock refinishing: Proceed with caution. A little information (to the unexperienced) is dangerous.

I’ve seen many home-workshop “stock restorations”. Almost none would rank above mediocre (and most well below), pretty much by anyone’s standard, including that of the refinisher. In the last year, I've redone five gunstock refinishings that were started by do-it-yourselfers.

Initially, most refinishing is enthusiastically approached by assuming a few over simplified procedural steps in the process will get high quality results. These steps are obtained usually through online articles, videos, or by home refinishing kits that guarantee professional results. As well, many think that having a general knowledge of wood finishing is sufficient for the getting a finish rivaling those found on top level firearms. Trouble is, it just ain’t that simple...

Unfortunately, basic “how-to” advice, although it appears to be comprehensive, lacks many of the subtle details of the finishing process that are so crucial to professionally appearing finishes. In short, it takes a lot of experience and acquired knowledge to get outstanding results. It's truly in the details.

Refinishing a gunstock, in principle, is somewhat like rebluing a barrel. Both processes, in order to achieve the desired superior result, demand particular knowledge and skill sets. I remember attempting a rebluing process using a home kit designed for the purpose. The end effect was certainly a rebluing, but the barrel wound up getting done correctly in the tank of my gunsmith!

The question to ask yourself: How much do you want a finely finished gunstock? Maybe more importantly, how fussy are you if the results aren’t as expected?


Most gunstocks are walnut, an inherently beautiful wood, regardless of having fancy grain and patterning or not. What a shame to have natural beauty covered over by filmy, plasticized factory finishes! Once we get the old factory finish off and the wood properly prepared, a professionally applied top-shelf finish always brings to life the inherent beauty previously obscured by factory finishes. 

Here's why:

  • Factory finishing means: a surface layer of urethane, epoxy, or other topcoat applied on the wood surface.
    • Factory finishes are designed to be durable, but still scratch easily and are very difficult to repair. The gun-owner must live with the flaws or attempt repairs that almost always look like a patch job because matching the surrounding finish is nearly impossible.
    • In factory production, time is money, necessitating a fast production finish, which all too often results in a generically glossy (cheap) sheen and relatively lifeless rendition of the wood’s inherent beauty. These finishes often look fake, with sort of a ‘plastic’ appearance.
  • Hand-rubbed oil-blend finish means: stripping away the factory finish entirely and applying a proven blend of oils, dryers and hardeners that penetrate deep into wood fibers, not just lying on the surface. I use the best blend money can buy.
  • The result:
    • Deep, lustrous, satin sheen. Not the factory high gloss that looks like plastic.
    • Waterproof.
    • In a word, beautiful. Reveals maximum grain and wood pattern.
    • Permanently clear, non-yellowing, and without a noticable cloudy surface film so common in factory finishes, especially as they age.
    • Durable. The wood is sealed against moisture and has a hard-wearing exterior, a finish totally field-worthy.


Unless the gunstock refinishing job I send you sits in your gun cabinet, “on view” only, it will get scratched or nicked, somehow, someway, practically guaranteed. If you attempt touch-ups at home, without the correct finishing ingredients and procedure, results are usually marginal at best, and often look worse than the original damage. 

I can get you around that dilemma. One of the major advantages of my blend of finishes is you can touch up minor scratches, at home, if you know what finish to use and have a little guidance I'm glad to provide.

Customer Repair Promise: Should your gunstock, that has originally gone through my refinishing/restoration process become scratched, contact me. I'll help you through. More serious repair needs would be addressed on a per situation basis.