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July 24, 2021 - 10:11 pm
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For those who follow “The Cinnabar”, here’s a brief update on the huge Bootleg fire that’s been threatening the ranch and a short preview of some of the guns we’ll be profiling in future episodes.  Mark

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Good to hear from you, Mark. Thanks for the update and previews. Hope y’all get some rain soon, will be nice to get some rest. Did you ever work out the refinish process for that varnished SRC? Hope I didn’t miss the second episode, looks like you have at least a dozen videos in the works.

 

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Thanks guys.  We had some stiff winds off the fire last evening and the lines held, so I think we’re finally getting this behemoth put to bed.

Mike, you haven’t missed a second episode of the gumwood stock refinish, but I haven’t come up with a result that I’m happy with yet.  I have a whole box full of different dyes, stains and finishes that I’ve bought to try to find just the right recipe, but still haven’t come up with the right combination.  Mark

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Thanks Mark.  Georgia and I were looking at the fire maps last night and wondering how you and Erin were doing.  Glad to hear that this conflagration may be starting to turn in your favor.

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Mark, crazy as it sounds I understood that Winchester made stain from walnuts, I was given a model 58 that my friend had started working on including a cracked stock (naturally). A couple of years ago I crushed walnuts from our woods and made stain. I then steel wooled the stock and glued the crack, which didn’t work too well. I stained the stock which has some heartwood on the butt. I buffed it with the palm of my hand and applied about 3 coats o LinSpeed, again hand buffed,which I have used for many years. I love the finish it gives. I think it came out beautiful (to my old eyes) I have occasionally added some of my wifes red cake coloring to create a little more red for an old Winchester stock. I’m happy, Don

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Mark,

I hope all goes well for you, and the fire dies down.  I’m looking forward to your upcoming episodes.

Stay safe.

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Mark,

I hope all goes well for you, and the fire dies down.  I’m looking forward to your upcoming episodes.

Stay safe.

Al  

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Thanks Mark.  Georgia and I were looking at the fire maps last night and wondering how you and Erin were doing.  Glad to hear that this conflagration may be starting to turn in your favor.  

Thanks guys.  It’s been a stressful time, but it looks like the worst is over.  We’re definitely counting our blessings today.  Mark

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Mark, crazy as it sounds I understood that Winchester made stain from walnuts, I was given a model 58 that my friend had started working on including a cracked stock (naturally). A couple of years ago I crushed walnuts from our woods and made stain. I then steel wooled the stock and glued the crack, which didn’t work too well. I stained the stock which has some heartwood on the butt. I buffed it with the palm of my hand and applied about 3 coats o LinSpeed, again hand buffed,which I have used for many years. I love the finish it gives. I think it came out beautiful (to my old eyes) I have occasionally added some of my wifes red cake coloring to create a little more red for an old Winchester stock. I’m happy, Don  

Thanks for the tip Don.  I, too, have read somewhere about using walnuts or walnut shells to stain gunstocks.  I’ll add that to the list.  If nothing else, I’m getting quite a collection of stains and finishes from the trial and error method I’ve been using on this project.  Mark

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