Note that all of our wood is top grade, as far as quality is
concerned. The difference between the various grades is based upon the
amount and type of figure, or fancy grain in the wood. For example,
our Exhibition grade is extremely full figured and truly a
one-of-a-kind piece of wood, while our #5 grade is very plain in figure, but
nonetheless excellent quality for carving into a gunstock. We cut rifle
blanks, 16-inch and 20-inch butt stocks, forearms in 3 sizes, along with a
limited number of black powder blanks, mannlicher blanks, and pistol grips.
We also sell Matched Sets, which are butt stocks and forearms that
were sawn out of the same plank
along side of each other, resulting in matching color and grain. These
sets are only cut out of the higher-grade planks, and are kept together
throughout the drying process. To view some samples of matched sets
in both Claro and French Walnut, click on
For information regarding availability and pricing of Turkish Walnut,
contact us directly.
The following links are photos of Claro Black Walnut rifle blanks in all
that we cut. The same grades are
also available in shotgun blanks and forearms. These samples hopefully
will give you a good idea of what the various grades look like in Claro Black
Click on the grade titles below to view photos of the corresponding samples.
Exhibition Grade Claro Walnut
Exhibition is our highest grade. It
contains crotch feather on both sides of the butt with full
fiddleback throughout, or it can be exceptional stump figure with heavy
fiddleback throughout. One of a kind and individually priced.
Select #2 Claro Walnut
Select #2 is our next highest grade.
It is mostly crotch feather and flame with medium fiddleback throughout, or
exceptional stump figure with fiddleback.
Select #3 Claro Walnut
Select #3 is a truly fine piece of
wood. It has exceptional stump figure and contrast or exceptional
fiddleback. It can also be crotch feather on one side with curl or
flame on the other, with light fiddleback throughout.
Supreme Full Fancy Claro
Supreme Full Fancy (S Grade) is the very best in stump figure and contrast
stripe, or very heavy fiddleback. It can also have crotch feather on one
side of the butt and crotch curl or flame on the other side.
#1 Claro Walnut
#1 grade is fancy with heavy
fiddleback throughout or excellent stump figure and contrast. It can also
have crotch curl and figure in the butt portion.
#2 grades semi-fancy with lighter
figure in the butt portion or medium fiddleback. It can also be stump
figure with good contrast stripe
#3 Claro Walnut
#3 grade is medium fancy. It has a small amount of figure in the butt
portion or light fiddleback. It can also be a very good plain piece of
wood with good grain flow.
#4 Claro Walnut
#4 is plain wood. It has good
straight grain, and contains less than 10% sap wood.
#5 Claro Walnut
#5 is the lowest grade. It is
plain, has good grain, with some sap wood.