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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 09:17:42 am »
You do some nice work.  Makes me want to send out some guns for new stocks.
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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 09:28:16 am »
Free walnut, too big to load, had to bring the mill.  Not all of it was this nice, but there was some pretty nice stuff and I never hit nail.  Probably about 20 logs.  Not bragging, just saying :D :D Should be pushing about 2mbf all said and done.  I had to cut down and clean all the brush.  Got more pics from the last batch, but I never uploaded them.  I slabbed a bunch of it 9/4 & 8/4.

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Good to brag about that and thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2017, 09:39:48 am »
Toddspoint, that is a very very nice pile of crotch.  Again, I could sell that in log form for much more than the $200. 

Out of curiosity what did you do with that much gunstock?  We are starting to cache some smaller crotches and really special ones that just don't make sense to export.

I'm stashing all I cut for myself.  I'll have enough for the rest of my days.  Then you can buy the rest from my widow. :D  I stocked other peoples guns for 35 yrs., now I'm retired and doing my own for a change.  Here's some drying and some I finished.  Gary

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Great pics,,,beautiful work ! I'm curious , do you ever buy California walnuts for your stock business ? Rob
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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2017, 07:01:33 pm »
Beautiful work Gary.
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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2017, 07:19:13 pm »
Gary those stocks are absolutely beautiful. You have some serious skills and are quite a craftsman.

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« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2017, 08:08:26 pm »
The gunstocks are nice.  So is the quartersawn oak cabinet in the background.  Did you make it?
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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2017, 10:04:55 pm »
I agree those stocks are great.  How thick do you cut the blanks?  I have an old stevens 22/410 over under that has the bakelite stocks that are missing pieces.  I have wanted to make new walnut replacements for awhile.
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« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2017, 10:25:05 pm »
Beautiful job. Such great craftsmanship

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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2017, 04:54:22 am »
Toddspoint, that is a very very nice pile of crotch.  Again, I could sell that in log form for much more than the $200. 

Out of curiosity what did you do with that much gunstock?  We are starting to cache some smaller crotches and really special ones that just don't make sense to export.

I'm stashing all I cut for myself.  I'll have enough for the rest of my days.  Then you can buy the rest from my widow. :D  I stocked other peoples guns for 35 yrs., now I'm retired and doing my own for a change.  Here's some drying and some I finished.  Gary

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Great pics,,,beautiful work ! I'm curious , do you ever buy California walnuts for your stock business ? Rob

Sure, I've made Claro and English walnut stocks from CA.  I have a Black Walnut blank from Yolo Co. CA that came from a 7' dia. tree.  The tree was hollow and someone was living in it!  CA has the most beautiful walnut but I like using my local wood just as well.  Gary
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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2017, 04:56:38 am »
The gunstocks are nice.  So is the quartersawn oak cabinet in the background.  Did you make it?

Thanks WDH.  That's my wife's spongeware pottery cabinet.  No, I didn't make it.  I've never tried furniture and wouldn't know where to begin.  Gary
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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2017, 05:06:08 am »
I agree those stocks are great.  How thick do you cut the blanks?  I have an old stevens 22/410 over under that has the bakelite stocks that are missing pieces.  I have wanted to make new walnut replacements for awhile.

Hi Mike.  I mill the wood 11/4.  That will cover any stock, like rifle stocks with a cheek piece.  More than you actually need for thinner stocks like a little .22 rifle or similar.  11/4 gives the guy that runs the duplicator machine plenty of material set up like he wants.  The duplicator changes it from a blank to a semi-finished stock and saves hours and hours of time.

I mill the crotch and then I mark the gunstock blank and cut it out immediately.  Seal the ends and the feather pattern and hang it.  You don't want to sticker slabs to make gunstocks.  You want that blank cut free and hanging so it can twist in the wind.  All internal stress will be relieved that way. 

The feather pattern will check if not sealed.  Also, it's better to mill crotches in the fall/winter.  A fresh cut crotch blank going into the heat of summer in my barn will cause checks for sure.  Some of them get checks no matter what you do.  Gary
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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2017, 08:50:11 am »
Thanks for the reply. The broker that I buy most of my walnut from is a gunstock and burl processor. I use all my walnut for furniture and mill work and stay clear of the whole gunstock thing as I do not understand it. The broker will typically buy entire groves of premium trees and sort out the best to veneer and high end stock cutters then sell the rest to me. This arrangement  gives me a break on the price and  my customer base just does not appreciate the super "good " stuff anyway. Rob

  
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« Reply #32 on: November 15, 2017, 07:20:07 pm »
Just curious, where would a person go to sell wood like that if not to local craftsmen ? Are there brokers / exporters or would I call distributors outside of the area ?

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« Reply #33 on: November 15, 2017, 07:38:41 pm »
I sell to anyone , one board at a time- to truck fulls. It just takes time to build a customer base. I use a broker to buy wood.  Rob
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Re: Cheap Walnut Logs ?????
« Reply #34 on: November 15, 2017, 09:08:04 pm »
Here's a little stick of walnut I cut on a job earlier this fall. The saw is a 460 with a 25" bar.

 

  

 
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