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Checkering, A book of checkering for the beginner
Sherman L. Mays assembled this how to manual from his considerable experience checking for a living. He has taught many others to checker and for this reason his book is excellent at showing the novice how to get started and the mistakes to avoid. His easy going and often humorous style makes this a pleasant read and the prolific use of photos aid in your understanding of the subject.
If you have ever wanted to learn how to checker this book is ideal for building skills and saves you a lot of time learning your way around the difficulties every student of checkering faces. Instead of working all by yourself, invite Sherman, via this book to come into your shop to stay. Handbooks are at their best when they become a well loved reference book, I think this book will be just that.
There are nearly 300 pictures used to show you the details that matter.
Mays starts with teaching you how to cut that first line and then increased the difficulty of each project like any good instructor would. Even a reluctant student would have no reason to avoid cutting their first line of checking in a few short hours after acquiring this text.
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Stock Work for the Beginner
by Serman L. Mays
363 pages, 8.5″x11″ format.
Some readers may recognize Sherman Mays as the author of a fine instructional book on Checkering.
He assembled the book about stock making for anyone who wants to learn about the craft or start making stocks.
Simple and complex stock repairs as well as inletting new blanks Sherman covers it all.
Many stock makers starting out do not realize the many details that can go into a new stock. This book is extensive in its coverage of details like stock fitting to provide the shooter with the best ergonomics. Specifics like installing recoil pads, both fixed and adjustable are explained. Professional tricks for installing or inletting grip caps. Finishing stocks for a professional result and what tools work best. Sherm even touches on checkering, because not stock is really complete until it has been checkered.
A great book for wood lovers who want to build stocks for their guns.