Natural black walnut coloration varies from pale camel to dark coffee color, from rusty brown to reddish to an almost a purple tone. Most of the wood we procure, however, remains in the fairly neutral "middle range" or a slightly reddish cast. We try to machine the stocks and forearms in quarter sawn, or edge grain, although it's not always possible - depending on how the stocks are laid out on the rough walnut. Please be aware that none of the early manufacturers provided stocks and forearms in matching or specific grain styles. (Some of our stock photos appear with a yellowish color due to the lighting. The graining of the wood, however, is representative of our widely varying types. View more than one photo to get a good idea of the varieties.) Please be aware also that we do not machine stocks and forearms from the same blank of wood. We do our best to find a good match for our customers, but a set will never be from the same blank, and probably not even from the same tree!
After machining and light sanding, our stocks are shrink-wrapped in poly to protect the wood from changes in humidity (which cause warpage and shrinkage) and minor dings. We also clearly mark the make and model of the stock or forearm so you can be sure that your order has been properly filled. These are the hallmarks of a Precision Gun Works stock - accept no substitutes!
Again, early firearm manufacturers did not necessarily match wood grain or coloration - they were busy trying to get as many of these rifles out the factory doors as possible. We acknowledge that today's consumer is seeking a good match between buttstock and forearm, and we do our best to provide this.
At this time we are not able to machine customers' wood.