30-06 Mauser in Fancy Grade Fiddleback Maple

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Project by LittlePaw posted 06-26-2010 12:01 AM 7779 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this a while back, but since I haven’t hunted in a while, I kinda forgot about it. I put a rosewood fore end with a spacer and carved it to resemble a violin (fiddleback). I also finished the full recurve pistol grip with a rosewood cap and an extra high Monte Carlo cheek piece. I have since given it to my oldest son as his wedding gift . . . something he really wanted because, as he said, “My dad made it”

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 12:05 AM

That is beautiful !!! Very nicely done ! What finish did you use on it ?

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 03:06 AM

That is a beauty.

I like the mix of wood species. Have you or your son considered a different butt plate than the gray one? Maybe you cold find a brown one that would go better with the wood coloring?

Glad it went to a good home and that he appreciated the work you put into it.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 03:54 AM

Nice job! Have you considered doing a Kentucky longrifle out of this same kind of wood?

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 04:06 AM

amazing figure

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 04:18 AM

Lovely piece of maple. Nice stock too. Schweeeet!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 06:16 AM

Exceptional work and grain choice. Have anymore to show off? I’d like to see em!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 06:32 AM

That is one wild looking stock!

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 07:17 AM

Very beautiful I love it when a great piece of art is rendered as a useful object. the first year we were married i stocked a .243 in a nice piece of walnut and fitted it for my wife, my daughter subsequently used it her first few years and my son when he was first hunting did as well, some day my grandkids will start with it also. Great job and quite a legacy.

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#9 posted 06-26-2010 02:32 PM

Fantastic! I want to do that too! You should post a blog on the steps in the process.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 06-26-2010 04:48 PM

Great work to a wonderful gun. I have 2 Mausers and love them

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#11 posted 06-27-2010 04:34 AM

I also build Kentucky style rifles and that is an awesome piece of curley maple! Good job!

-- Joe-----I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 04:43 AM

You’ve made a beautiful stock. I love working with maple. But it’s closer to working with metal than wood…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#13 posted 06-24-2011 03:36 PM

What a beautiful gunstock! That is very nice LittlePaw. I love the shape and the carving you did on the barrel end. I just logged on and it was the big picture on the “roll the dice” section. That’s one of my favorite parts of this website, all the cool stuff to see that I miss from wondering around here by myself.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#14 posted 06-24-2011 07:18 PM

Let me start by thanking all the positive comments above. It does one good (very good) to hear such comments from fellow woodworkers.My wife and I are black powder enthusiasts, so I’ve kept a eye on similar “Fancy grade fiddle-back maple” and have since discovered that for the length I need to do a Kentucky LR, I either can’t find one or it is out of sight price wise! A friend of mine the the mill business told me that veneer makers lap them up (tiger, BE, quilted, etc.) and we don’t even get a chance to buy them. Even so, I am always on the look out for beautifully grained wood whether it be maple or any other carvable slab. Any one know of a good source you could share??? What’s the “roll the dice” section, Devann?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 06-24-2011 09:02 PM

I love the stock. I am not a big fan of the lighter wood for a hunting rifle, but that looks really sharp. I’ve customized several mausers. I love them. My son also has a 308 I sportorized. Nice job.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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