Originally Posted by zermatt7
Beautiful stocks !
Is that color Bombay Mahogany ?
Thank you for your kind words
Actually its cordovan , red and just a hint of coca brown .
The stock was shaped with scrapers , . I then soot the stock with and old candle , all over .
I follow this up with burnishing with hemp . This takes off most all the soot but leaves the striping much darker then the harder wood around it . Really make the grain pop out .
For this one I used leather dye. If I recall this was true dye from Tandy leather . If used correctly and from the same line it can be mixed to achieve the color one wants. It also goes much deeper into the wood then a wood stain does so it gives a lot of depth .. Also if you use an alcohol based stain it doesnít raise the grain back up .
The stock was then dyed and let set over night to dry .
I then come back and Bone the complete stock . This is really nothing more then polishing the stock with another object that harder then the wood .
When finished the stock will be just as shinny as you see in the photos .
HOWEVER. If you do not seal the wood , any moisture will cause the boning to go away as the wood swells .
The rifle above has 7 coats of hand rubbed tongue oil applied after the boning process is complete