SIDE PANEL - This refers to a pattern that has four separate panels, one panel on either side of the forend and one on either side of the grips.

WRAP AROUND - This refers to a pattern that has one large panel on the forend, usually about 7 inches in length. It gives you more full coverage. Usually I make what is called across over grip with these patterns.

CROSS OVER GRIP - This means that the two grip panels are joined on top looking like and "X" between the nose and action.

ACTION PANELS - Refers to the small raised panels in front of the grip panels. Occasionally these are checkered at a finer line per inch than the rest of the checkering.

POINT PATTERNS - Patterns that contain only points, no curves, ribbons or fleur de'lis.

FLEUR DE'LIS - These are shapes that resemble a spade or club from a playing card. They come in various shapes and sizes.

RIBBONS - Bare stripes of uncheckered wood that show through a pattern.

BASKET WEAVE OR SKIP LINE CHECKERING -  This is a type of checkering  that has several rows close together then a larger space, repeated. I do not do this style of checkering yet, but you may contact CGI Checkering for these skills.

BORDERS - A border is simply an extra line that runs completely around the checkering pattern. Usually I work borderless, meaning that the checkering comes right up to the pattern outline, but I can add an extra border, at your request, for a minimal fee. It is considered more professional to work borderless. The extra borders were used to hide the overruns made by production checkerers. Some of the older patterns came with this extra border, so you may want to add it to a replacement stock to keep it looking original

RE-CUT - This pertains to going over the existing checkering. Bringing back the old, worn checkering. Occasionally it is possible to change the lines per inch IF the old checkering is extremely worn off or adding to an existing pattern is also an option.

METAL CHECKERING - I do not checker metal, only wood. If you need a checkerer for metal work, please contact Charity Littleton at (605) 722-7516. Charity also has a web site at

BUTTPAD & GRIP CAPS - I DO checker buttpads and grip caps, skeleton or otherwise. If it is NOT a skeleton pad or cap, I will make about an eighth inch border around the circumference and fill in with checkering. You may also add a fleur de'lis to these areas to match a fleur pattern on the rest of the stock. Please remove the metal before sending to me if you would like your skeleton grip cap or buttpad checkered!


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