Published originally in 3 separate booklets.
- The Inletting of Gunstock Blanks and
Modifications of the 1903 Springfield
- The Shaping of Inletted Blanks and
Alterations to the Winchester Model 70
- The Finishing of Gunstocks and
Conversions of the 1917 Enfield Rifle
Published by Thomas G. Samworth originally.
In 1969 the one-volume book was published by Stackpole Books.
Library of Congress #69-16152
This is a book that is not vary common, but if you’re interested in building stocks for rifles it is extremely valuable. Alvin Linden was a talented stock maker and sketch artist. This book teaches you how to work from a blank a skill that is dying way as most gunsmiths cannot charge enough to cover the time required for this work. Most work from pre-carved blanks. I know several gunsmiths including myself who make our own patterns and then either farm out the carving work with our pattern, or own a pantograph duplicating carver.
There are plenty of illustrations in the book so that Linden is able to show what he means when it comes to techniques that the novice might not understand if only described in writing. A number of tool and methods are shown in the text which can make the job of working a blank of wood much easier.
If your book is found complete, there will be three full scale posters, printed both sides. These were drawn by Alvin Linden in support of his writings. If you were left with any questions from the text this material should answer those questions.
While there are only three guns covered here there is certainly enough material for a creative wood worker to build a stock for just about any action. I am aware of one other item that is a great supplement to this book as it lays out the dimensions for a modern classic rifle stock in a way that can be applied to any action as well. Here is a link to the source for that material.
In short, this book by Alvin Linden is a must have for anybody interested in stock making. But if you a gunsmith or a gunsmithing student, you should jump on this book if you see one. Good Reading!