At the factory, many manufacturers often spray the super-shiny (or sometimes very dull) finish over what’s usually fine walnut underneath. Shiny or dull, in effect this makes gorgeous, natural wood look like plastic! I replace all that synthetic look with a hand-rubbed, not sprayed, natural satin / semi-gloss appearance that makes wood look finely finished with a natural patina.
Antique and older Military (American & foreign) / family heirlooms are some of the most satisfying of refinishing projects. Almost always, this is because of the associated personal / emotional connection to these objects and the history and often intimate connection they provide.
Renewing handgun grips does restorative wonders for all sorts of revolver or semi-auto pistol grip sets! S&W and Colt are the most usual restored, but anything “wood” can be dramatically renewed. Scratches, dings, etc. are removed, the checkering is hyper-cleaned (made more crisp and sharp in appearance), and the overall finish, frankly, exceeds the quality and beauty of whatever originally came from the factory.
Correcting mistakes made by others is a big chunk of what I do. Check out my note about DIY Gunstock Refinishing. Most all unattractive, prior refinishing errors can be completely reversed. Send ‘er on down– I’ll prove it.
Recoil Pad Replacement (only on stocks being refinished). If I’m doing the wood refinishing and your butt plate or pad is on the wane, this is a good time to replace it. Broad choice of styles, colors, textures.
LOP [Length-Of-Pull] adjustments (only on stocks being refinished) can be effected in some instances. Please consult in detail only.
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 have the correct blend and a little guidance I’m glad to provide.
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, of course, would be addressed on a per situation basis.
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 finish, using the best finishing blends available, always brings to life the inherent beauty previously obscured by factory finishes.
Came home today from a long motorcycle ride and the package was on the porch. The stock is fantastic. I love the way it came out. The grain on the wood looks amazing. I really like the finish. Thank you for your fine work. You are truly an artist. With the new stock, I now have a beautiful little 20 gauge over and under. Can’t wait to get it in the field and show it off. I will be contacting you again for some work on an older Browning shotgun that was my father's. It has years of wear and a refinished stock would bring it back to life. Again, thank you for your fine work.
With the condition this butt stock was in, I was expecting a decent refinishing, but this is absolutely remarkable! I immediately thought that there is NO way this is the same stock, but the name carved on the inside and the date stamp on the end proves that it is the same stock. I have absolutely no idea how you were able to pull this off? To say that I am stunned is an understatement! I am very happy and pleased with the work you have done. I am also humbled and blessed, that there are still people in this world, that do what they say they can and deliver on their word. You my friend, are without a doubt, absolutely amazing!! Thank you very much!! On a side note, please let me know if you have time to work on the “plastic” stocks on the Browning Citori Feather XS, as I would be greatly appreciative if they came out halve as good as these? Thank you again, John!
I received the stock this morning. In my lifetime not too many things impress me anymore. The magic you worked on my stock is one of those rare things. The stock looks fantastic, words escape me. Thanks for the business cards I will sing your praises to my friends. Hopefully, it will generate some more business. Have a super day.
Just got back from hunting camp and found a package at my back door. Figured it might be a late birthday present from my son, but NOOOOO…… The stock is beautiful!!!!!! I just got the rifle back together and took a few pictures, which I’m including. I’m very happy with the finished product and can’t wait to check the zero and get into the woods with it. Thank you for providing a great service and I’m certain this rifle will be cherished in the family for many generations.