Hey folks, I have seen some beautiful tiger stripe stocks here on RFC. I thought maybe I could start a thread to show off some of Mother Natures artwork. If there is already a thread like this I apologize for the repeat.
This is my first and hopefully not my last with stripes. It has a few scratches but I am in no hurry to botch up a refinish job.
The cell phone camera does not do it justice.
Please share your stripes with us fellow members!
Markbo, I really like that stock. What kind of rifle is it?
Ivan, that is a word I had not heard before joining RFC. It's kinda fun word to say I love the dark lines on that stock. Mine I got off eBay so I am not sure of the date. I asked the seller and all he could remember is that he took it off his rifle well over 10 yrs ago. There is a number stamped in the tip of the bbl channel, part number I guess. I haven't noticed that in my other stocks.
Chad, that is a beautiful collection you have, forgive my jealousy. The wavy one is absolutely stunning!!!
I also have a couple with some broad subtle stripes.
Thanks for posting guys, I know there are still more out there in the community.
Thanks Markbo, I knew I had seen you post that pic somewhere. You do have quite the historical ultimate collection. You are right on trying to photograph the chatoyance. I need to get a real camera, that might help. The digital camera that we have my wife keeps in her classroom.
Heh heh heh...my daughter actually gave me her old digital. Without an Owners manual so I dont know what all the little pics on the dials are supposed to do. Meaning I dont really know how to use it other than turn it on.
Ok, I finally took a few hours today to get some good photos that really show off the stripes and figure of my stocks in direct sunshine. I probably took 200-300 photos today just to get what I've posted below. I never realized how difficult photographing these would be...with the amount of chatoyance in the wood, the stripes appear and disappear with the slightest change of angle. I took MANY pictures from very slight angle changes just to get them to really "pop". The pics came out decent, but they are even better in person.
So here is my contribution to this thread. 3 of my factory carbine stocks, all have been refinished to clean them up and bring out the true beauty. 2 are birch, one is walnut. Both birch stocks were sanded down, stained with 2 coats of birchwood Casey walnut stain, and finished with tru oil. The walnut was sanded down and finished with tru oil only, no need for the stain used on the birch.
And here is a cheap cell phone video of the really striped birch stock. tying to photograph the chatoyance seems impossible...the stripes either show or don't, can't capture the "shimmering", so I thought a vid would do a better job.