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See the links below for Skwid's take on my natural camo idea. I got hooked on the idea of using a hornet's nest pattern after fioding a couple of nests in the woods on our property shortly after reading the Revolutionary War novel "The Hornet's Nest" by Jimmy Carter. I sent Skwid some of the actual paper from the nest to work with.

I'm also working on another stock which I'm laminating (sounds more manly than "decopage"!) with the actual paper from the nest, but the jury is still out on the ultimate durability issue. It's looking really cool, though, and when it's finished I'll post pics of that stock.

For now, enjoy these marginal quality photos of the stock that Skwid painted for me using this theme. The hornet's nest pattern fades from brown to gray along the stock, there are several extremely realistic hornets scattered around the stock, and the bottom flat of the grip area has a black "entry hole" into the nest.

Hats off to Skwid - he is a true artist with an amazing imagination that can put almost any design you think up onto a stock.

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PS - Skwid - sorry for taking so long to get these posted.

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Hey that stock is pretty neat.

Me thinks you will have a hard time kepping the hornet's away while you are at the range, so much in fact I think you should carry a can of Raid with you in your "deployment" bag :mrgreen:


Seriously though Sqwuid did a great job


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That is some excellent work. I also liked the snake patterns on the link Quagmire posted. Your idea of laminating the hornet paper and the snake patterns on the link got me thinking real snake skin. No shortage of snakes around here, just wondering what would be the hardest; getting the snakes or finding a way to cover a stock with the skin. Ought to keep me off the corner for a while if I decide to try it :!: . The 3D on the paint jobs are outstanding :arm34: .
 

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We talked about the idea of a stinger - I wanted to stay all "nest", but I may change my mind. Kinda think that's why Skwid faded the front end to gray - to give him the proper background if I have him modify it later.

Not a Les Tam sling - it's a Turner NM, rubbed with saddle soap.

I've thought about the snake skin, as well. There's a 6-ft eastern diamondback skin in my shed waiting for me to get around to mucking with it. I tried several different tests for the hornet's nest paper - polyrethane seems to wet it out too much and make it too dark, but it might work well for a snake skin. I finally settled on the matte decopage glue from the craft store for the paper, then sealed it with matte polyurethane. Very time consuming - I need to get back into it and finish the handguard.

Thanks for the comments, folks.

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couple a years ago, i had a MONSTER Western Diamondback rattler in the freezer, waiting for me to skin him out and put him on my recurve bow. Someone left the door open, and the freezer defrosted, so my wife chunked him.

I got to thinking about doing a riflestock, and have about a four footer that I kilt right before Christmas currently taking a freezer nap. A game warden told me the other day to put the skin in anti-freeze for about a day once I skin it out. Any thoughts on that or other way to preserve it?
 

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I have never heard of the antifreeze method, I would be leary of it though, for fear of discoloring the hide.
When I "tan" out rattlers, I use the baking soda method and it works real well.
After you peel 'em, put the hide on a flat board wider than the snake's hide (scale's down) pull the hide tight and put several small finishing nails in to hold him in place. (down the edges only) When he is all nailed down, and tight pour a generous amount of baking powder on top of him, and store him in a warm dry place for several days, I use a neighbor's abandoned car, on the dash, coming by every so often to freshen up the baking soda. After about a week dump off the soda, pull the nail's out and trim the curled up edges with a razor knife, turn him over (scale's up) and put a couple coats of your favorite clear coat on to preserve the scale's, you may also put some on the underside as well. I use this method several times a year and have never had any problems with the hide becoming brittle, or discolored!
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Thanks SHADOW. I figured salt curing like with pelts. Does the baking soda help cure or just kill the stink out of the skin? I think salts does a little of both. I had to go under the house this morning, no snakes this year, yet.
 

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Thanks SHADOW. I figured salt curing like with pelts. Does the baking soda help cure or just kill the stink out of the skin? I think salts does a little of both. I had to go under the house this morning, no snakes this year, yet.
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It (the baking soda) does both, helps dry and removes the stink, however the soda can get a little rank early on in the process!
Yea I was under my house yesterday and no sign of snakes there either, but I have not seen any eveidence under there in the 5 years we have lived in the house. Now the rest of the property well, let's just say that is another story :mrgreen:
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I know this is going off topic, but hey - it was my thread to start with. I've used mothballs for years to keep snakes and cats out from under houses, trailerhomes, and sheds. Just chuck a handfull every ten or fifteen feet around the structure - toss them as far back under as you can so dumb dawgs and inquisitive toddlers don't pick them up and gnaw on them. Don't know if it works or if it's coincidence, but I've never found a snake under a building that I've tossed mothballs under.

CYA

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