Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa)

As a rule, I don’t care to spit into the wind when it comes to the plants I raise. In fact, I could probably write a book called “The Lazy Gardener”. However, living in northern latitudes, sometimes you have to spit into the wind if you are going to raise anything! A couple of years ago I bought some Australian plant seeds – Swainsona formosa. One of its common names is Sturt’s Desert Pea. Emphasis on desert. Like many plants in Oz, they have spectacular flowers. This spring I planted a few of them. It was no surprise that they … Read more…

Making the Stock for the .416 Ruger No. 2 – Post 5

I have finished (at least for now) the persimmon forearm. I’m pleased with it. Some of you may find the schnabel more ‘robust’ than you like. I gave this considerable thought, and the shape is the way I like it, like I said, at least for now. The birch forearm is a little too much like a spear; too pointed for my taste. Not much, but a little. I wanted something less spear-like and a bit ‘beefier’. This rifle is a .416. If it were a .22 or mabye a .24, a ‘splinter’ would be more proportional, but given the … Read more…

Making the Stock for the .416 Ruger No. 2 – Post 4

It’s been ‘a day or two’ since I posted any new content here, but there have been ‘extenuating circumstances’, not all of which have subsided. Nevertheless, there has been some progress, and I thought I should post at least some preliminary pictures of that progress. These pictures are of the preliminary shaping. This first one, the left side:       This one of the bottom:       And this one of the right side:       The black heartwood you see on the right side is “weak”, and the large piece (lower left in the above photo), … Read more…