Custom Replacement Gun Stocks
As we began our search for a solid partner to feature custom gun stocks, we looked at several criteria and tried to answer several questions. First the craftsmanship of the product and service had to live up to Cottage Craft Works' high standards for quality and customer service. Second, we knew we had to find a cottage based business that was small enough to fit our profile, but who could also supply a wide variety of custom stocks options to fit many different guns. Third, we found there was simply too much jargon regarding different "grades" of gunstocks. It was too confusing for most folks. To solve this, we wanted to find a cottage business that used the same standards of grading passed down through generations of gun stock manufacturing. Fourth, we wanted the experience of those many generations to supply our customers the very best options. We are pleased to add the Masters of gun stock manufacturing to the Cottage Craft Works family. Their craft and stock patterns have been passed down from generations of gun stock craftsmen, and are simply the best.
This small cottage based manufacture is located in the "Gun Stock Capital of the World". They own their own saw mill, they hand select some of the best species of walnut, maple, cherry, and other hardwoods that can be found. Most might consider the crafting of the actual gun stock from a wood blank to be the determining factor of a quality gun stock. The truth is though is the start of a high quality gun stock starts with the tree and wood selection. Only a skilled accomplished saw man knows how to cut and slice a tree to find the best blanks, which will provide strength and a grain pattern knowing as the “Figure”. Then the experienced craftsmen forms and shapes the stock. This company has currently in-stock blanks for 10,000 different types of rifles and shot guns. Stocks come in either one piece or two pieces, which includes the fore-end.
Grading of wood is based on the average percentage of figure on both sides. Our gun stocks are sold by grade levels. Grades are based on the percentage of Figure on each side of the stock then divided by two or 1/2 to establish the total percentage of grade. For example; if one side of the stock presents 50% Figure and the other side presents only 10% Figure the stock is graded at only 30% of Figure. Some wood grains will be straight flowing with little to no contrast or 0% figure. These are considered Standard Grade. Stocks with up to 30% Figure are considered Fancy, stocks between 30%- 60% Figure are considered Extra Fancy, Stocks ranging 60%-90% Figure are considered Select Fancy, and only those stocks with 90%-100% of a crisp well defined figure are worthy of the highly sought after Exhibition Grade. The most popular stocks are known as “Feathercrotch”. The Figure is displayed as feather pattern leading from a split. These cuts come from a fork in the tree or where a large branch grew. The “V” is known as the crotch and the pattern resembling a large peacock feather flowing from the “V” is the feather. Hence, the name "Feathercrotch." Other stock wood grain patterns are formed by the species of wood, stresses occurred during the growing process and the direction of the cut. The names are derived from the cut. For example, "Quilted Maple" resembles a quilt pattern; other woods will resemble a zebra pattern, tiger or broken patterns, and so forth.
All products are guaranteed free from defect in material and craftsmanship. All items must be returned within 30 days of purchase. Items must not be altered or modified in any way. Guarantee is for repair or replacement only. Shipping fees are not refundable and we do not reimburse for shipping cost. Natural Cosmetic imperfections such as knots – burls –surface checking in figure or cosmetic fill work are not considered defects and are not covered under guarantee. 30% restocking fee on any items returned that are not covered under guarantee policy. CUSTOM CUT ORDERS ARE NOT RETURNABLE.
All gun stocks, whether machine inlet or fully fit and finished, should be inspected by a licensed gunsmith before operating. Failure to do so, may result in damage to stocks/injury or death. DO NOT attempt to discharge any firearm without first consulting with a professional gunsmith. Cottage Craft Works, its employees, our supplier and its employees are not responsible for insuring the safe operation of your firearm and are not liable for injuries incurred or damage to firearm or stocks.
Replacement parts do not always have original dimension or style unless specifically stated.
Machine inlet products are not finished and will require minor fitting and finish work, which often includes additional inletting and shaping. Stocks will come with a slight over tolerance; some minor material may be left in the inlet from the machine process. Filing, sanding, and hand finish fitting will still need to be done locally by a gunsmith to ensure the stock fits tight and has zero tolerance into your gun assembly. Your gunsmith will also be knowledgeable on checking for moisture content before fitting to compensate for humidity changes that your gun maybe exposed to.
Patterns for Duplication
Your stock will be cut from an existing template or from your current gun stock. Our cottage partner stocks hundreds of templates accumulated over the years of production. If your gun is a limited edition, an antique, or just not a common model, chances are the stock will need to be shipped in for duplication, to make another template. Our cottage partner is always adding new templates to their inventory for duplication of common gun stocks. Generally there is an up charge for duplication however, if your stock template is something that will likely to be used over again, the up charge may be waived.
Keep in mind the duplicating machine is very precise and will pickup every detail needed to fit your gun assembly. This means it will also pickup dents, dings, and other unwanted character flaws into your new stock. These areas will need to be filled, and sanded. Our cottage partner will do minor fill and sanding. Deep, gouges or stock repair and restoration may have additional charges. To determine this send us some pictures for us to evaluate if your stock is damaged, cracked or missing a portion. You can have this work done locally before it is sent in.
If you want custom features not currently on your stock, such as a finger hole, cheek bump, longer or shorter stock, these modifications will need to be mocked up on to your current stock ready for the duplicator.
Our cottage vendor will not be able to provide you a custom finger hole, or just the right fit by sending us a few measurements. These features will need to be molded and sanded on to your stock locally, buy a gunsmith that can sit with you and fine tune the fit just for you. PLEASE NOTE: stocks used for duplication can be damaged.
If you live within the continental United States, and would like to have a complete fitting of your stock, or other custom features such as checkering, please e-mail us and we will set these services up for you. If you would like to have custom carving in a current stock or one of these custom stocks please contact us on the custom tab with a photo or drawing and a sq inch layout on graphing paper of what you would like. Checkering is a two step process, before checkering the stock will need to be fitted and have an initial coat of finished applied. This helps bind the wood fibers from chipping out during the checkering process. This means the stock will need to be sent back in for the checkering process. Once completed the finial finish can be completed and finial fitting into the gun assembly. Sorry if you live outside the continental United States, we cannot accept shipments of a complete gun. The stock will have to be removed and shipped. Please, by all means, look around! When you're finished, please fill out the form below and we'll get a quote back to you as soon as possible.
International Customers: Sorry with the ongoing complexities of the US Customs interpretation of gun parts we are no longer shipping gun stocks outside the US.
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