Photo of a Mule Ear muzzle loading rifle, after soaking out all of the old oil and dirt. the grey color shown here is just the remaining dirt that was trapped in the finish for the past 100 years plus. This will easily be scrubbed off with a strong industrial soap and brush. To bring back a very clean natural original wood color that the adhesive will adhere to and the beautiful original grain can be brought out in the refinishing. This stock was cracked completely thru the lock area, and the entire top behind the barrel was broken loose, with several smaller wood pieces missing.
Once we have it clean and dry and all the oil, old glue, remaining finish removed, we can proceed with the repair work. All broken surfaces will still have to be sanded or scraped to expose fresh clean wood for the adhesive.
In this photo the top loose piece has been reattached with 3 treaded steel pins that are placed vertically completely thru the stock, and there are two more 4" long steel pins installed horizontally on each side of the stock below the lock recess, and on the left side about the center of the stock. All from hidden areas. These long steel pins are all threaded to enhance the mechanical grip of the epoxy. The long length is required to strengthen the weak area of the wood and to strengthen the poor wood grain in that area. Now we have a stock that is stronger than when new. All pins and cracks are set in colored epoxy resin, specially selected for this particular work.
Photo 3 & 4
Photos of the finished stock in the repaired area. Mostly undetectable.
In the refinishing, all of the silver inlays, the lock and butt plate had to be removed to permit light finish sanding and then reinstalled. This required reinletting all pieces for a proper flush fit.
Doug or Pat Fulton at 307-462-4593, 10am-7pm MST
215 South 1st Street
PO Box 1105
Glenrock, WY 82637-1105