The most agonising thing about buying gunstock blanks is the 2 week wait for their arrival back to the factory when at last you can ‘see how you have done’. The process of buying wood is usually quite pressured, you let go of an excellent pair and someone else grabs it. You get distracted, always looking at what other people are picking and thinking their choice is better than yours, you then wait for them to let go and grab it yourself! The wood dealers know this and love it, the more people on the stand the better for them, it becomes a feeding frenzy.
Once you have made your selection the haggling starts, none of the wood is priced and all the wood you pick is always ‘the best they have’, without fail this is the argument from the Turkish side “you have picked all my very best wood’! The Turkish like to deal and are very good at it. I was taught by my Arabian friends that you needed to be firm, insulted, disgusted, almost always resorting to verbal abuse, despair and whatever else needed to bring the price down. The process can take hours but after awhile agreement is made, hands are shaken and the deal is sealed. Smiles appear all around, you go from mortal enemies to lifelong friends in a split second. The wood is then signed so you know it is yours, taped together, and put in a room out of sight. The next time you see it will be in England back at the factory.
So my wood arrived today and here is a small selection of it, about half of it, the best half of course!