Stock Restoration and Repairs
My client found an affordable Holland & Holland Boxlock Damascus 16 gauge double that had a shortened, then lengthened again, stock with a high quality recoil pad already installed. The wood was fair, a few dings and scrapes, a chip missing from the forearm near the tip under the RH barrel and well worn checkering, filled with grime. The metal was still in very nice condition, with perfect mirror bright bores, but pretty dirty inside. I removed the original finish and refinished the wood using aniline dyes in the finish to bring the color of the two dissimilar pieces of wood in the butt closer together.
As you can see, the wood and checkering restored quite well, and it made up into a very handsome piece. Even though this is the lowest grade of H&H shotgun, it was still a joy to work on, and an object of great pride to it's owner. Every internal part was polished and it still worked as smooth as silk. I spent a total of 21 hours on this project, including running the metal through my ultrasonic cleaner.