American Walnut - This wood comes from the species Juglans Nigra, Juglans Hindsii, It is a very stable dense wood with colors that range medium red to a rich chocolate brown. The highly figured blanks are typically either Feather Crotch or Fiddleback. This was the wood of choice on most American made traditional guns.
Bastogne Walnut - This is a hybrid cross between the Claro Walnut and the English Walnut tree, it is grown in the western United States and the wood tends to have a mixture of the colors from both trees and the figure is predominately Fiddleback. This is a very dense wood usually being slightly heavier than the other Walnuts. This wood is a favorite of the custom rifle makers for the magnum caliber rifles.
Claro Walnut - This wood comes from the species "Juglans California" which is very similar to American Walnut. These trees are native to California and typically have more contrasting red and brown than the American Walnut, keeping similar grain patterns. Claro is typically softer than American Walnut.
English Walnut - This wood comes from the species "Juglans Regia" that originated in Iran, it is also commonly referred to as “French," “Circassian," and “Turkish." The English Walnut we provide comes from Northern California. Many of these trees are eighty to one hundred years old. English Walnut is a very dense stable wood, with dark brown to black mineral lines and high contrasting honey color. English was typically always used by the finest European gunmakers.
Maple - This is a lightweight yet dense wood that has been a long time favorite for gunstocks, it is a light colored wood with several desirable grain patterns including Fiddleback, Shell Flame or Quilted, and Burl. This wood typically comes from the pacific northwestern United States.
Turkish Walnut - This wood comes from the species "Juglans Regia" that originated in Iran and is the same species as English Walnut. Although the mineral content in the Turkish soil gives the wood a different color, it still has the dark brown or black mineral lines. The base color of the wood tends to have a range from light honey to a subtle orange cast. These trees can be as old as two hundred years and have trunk diameters in excess of ten feet. The exhibition blanks are highly prized and are found on some of the worlds finest guns.