About Us


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Tiger-Hunt is on the prowl to supply you with fine thick dimension hardwood. We are located in the best curly maple country in the world - the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. Here, a mix of northern and southern hardwoods grow in thin well drained rocky soil during a relatively short growing season. The result is dense fine grained hardwood which is not brash and chippy like wood from the too far north, nor does it have worm tracts like wood from milder climates. The great majority of our blanks come from the first log (butt log) of the tree.

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Our specialization is the traditional curly maple gunstock quality wood, however we usually have figured cherry, ash and oak on hand. All grades of maple are regularly available, however, before placing an order for the other figured hardwoods, please inquire as to availability of specific grades and price.

Our Wood

Our specialization is the traditional curly maple gunstock quality wood, however we usually have figured cherry, ash and oak on hand. All grades of maple are regularly available, however, before placing an order for the other figured hardwoods, please inquire as to availability of specific grades and price.

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  • Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum)
    • Is commonly called hard or rock maple. When dry, sugar maple weighs approximately 44 lbs. per cubic foot. This is the wood of which bowling pins were made so you know it can take a beating. Other uses include gymnasium floors and major league baseball bats.
  • Black Maple (Acer Nigrum)
    • Is considered hard maple in the logging industry and is sold and used as such. It is not usually quite as heavy as sugar maple. It gets its name from its distinctively black bark. However the wood color is similar to the other maples.
  • Red Maple (Acer Rebrum)
    • Is often referred to as soft maple, but this is in comparison to sugar maple. When dry, red maple weighs approximately the same as American Black Walnut (38 lbs. per cubic foot).
  • Wild Black Cherry (Prunos Serotina)
    • Ages to a deep red. The best figured cherry has a distinctive “rope” or “braided” figure and is extremely rare. Seldom does it curl like maple. Black cherry is highly stable and was used for long construction levels before aluminum. Western Pennsylvania cherry is considered the best furniture grade cherry in the world.
  • White Ash (Fraxinus Americana)
    • Is an oak look-alike. It makes an extremely durable rifle stock, as it is strong, resilient and moderately heavy. Traditional uses for white ash are baseball bats, tennis rackets and snow shoes. Curly ash is very rare. Often the curl is similar to that of maple, however the curls intersect perpendicularly with coarse growth ring grain structure, creating a pleasing checkered pattern. Ash is very appropriate for Southern Mountain rifles and “working rifles” in general. Due to the Emerald Ash Borer, Ash may soon be unattainable.

* Both red and sugar maple make extremely fine rifles. The builder who is planning to execute fine checkering or detailed raised carving will usually prefer the sugar maple. If contrast of the figure or stripe is of primary importance, then the builder would be well advised to use red maple.

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