The stripes you are seeing on many of the stocks here are natural to the maple used on many American guns. Generally the stripier the maple, the more attractive it is considered to be and the more desirable it is. Hence the faking of real, natural stripes on plain maple.Hi I am a Brit and rather partial to a nice bit of wood. This striping seems odd to me. Is it to copy wood that long ago was striped or just a decoration. I have never seen it on an old English gun.
I like this idea of copper wire and a torch . . . your Hawken looks great . . did you happen to take pics of the process that you could post of your doing the wire and a torch?I did a faux stripped a stock using copper wire. I wrapped stripped electrical wire tightly around the stock varying the spacing. I then took a plumbers torch and ran the flame all over. Scorched in some areas. Again vary the flame. Let cool. Pull the wire off stain and apply the finnish of choice. It looked pretty good. Better than painting the stripes.