A post by my boy, and I'm reminded of some of the old gunstock makers from my youth. EC Bishop, Reinhart Fajen, Herrett stocks.
When Dad needed a gunstock for his shotgun, he ordered a blank from Fajen. Lots of hours spent with a rasp, sandpaper and little files, getting the stock like he wanted it. Time was of no matter, as long as the stock was ready for the opening day, and he started the project in June, well before the season began. What mattered was the finished project, the pride of workmanship and the proper fitting of wood to metal, and the gun to his eye.
A couple of years ago, I picked up a revolver and it had an old set of Herrett grips. Nicely done, checkered, really nice stocks from a bygone age, and I admired them, but they simply didn't fit my hand, so they went into the spares locker for a future project. On Thursday my son was over and asked about them, for the Model 36 I gifted him. We dug them out.
Googling around this morning, I am surprised to learn that Herrett is still in business, still making stocks in Idaho. I had consigned him to the fond memories of youth, and he's still whittling stocks for handguns. So, I stand corrected. Lots of pretty stocks.