I had another post planned, then the above picture happened…. The guy with the huge smile on his face is greeting one of his team mates at the finish line of world Championships. They have just won a silver medal in the relay, a huge feat considering the competition! He raced using one of my custom rifle stocks, the design was a collaboration between what he liked and what I felt was best for him. Very excited for him and his team mates, they really deserved this win after a long season of hard work! Alex also had a 5th place individual finish earlier in the week shooting 17/20, his best International result to date! Here is a link to the post about his stock.
While I said last post that I was cleaning the shop and setting up some new to me tools, I ended up finishing one last project… It was quite the year for custom rifle stocks! I’ve made many over the last few years, but 8 in one year is a new record for sure.
This one was for another local athlete. It’s made from Walnut and has some green accents (as per the athlete’s request). On this one I ended up making all the adjustable parts as well, which takes a bit of extra time but ends up working out nicer in the end.
The finish on this stock is boiled linseed oil, it’s cheap, easy, and looks great. The other 7 I did this year have all been exposed to some harsh weather and still look like the day they left my workshop.
I doubt 2014 will bring quite as many stock requests, which is fine, I wouldn’t mind spending time on some other projects I have in my head. All the cut offs from this stock (and my other stocks) get used in many of the items for sale in my Etsy Shop.