G'day Phil, I actually bought the blank from Chris Schofeild at Walnut Grove gunstocks in Idaho and sent it to Wes for shaping, and an excellent job he did of that ! This piece also has one of Wes's aluminium chassis.
Regarding Dallas, I cannot commit to being there for the dinner but am certainly trying to aim to join the crown for a few drinks at the very least.
So English walnut? Thinking of English for a pre-64 M70 I picked up last week. A previous owner committed the atrocity of taking a dremel tool to it and refinishing. It's okay, but there's no value in the stock anymore. So I'm thinking of just making it a pure shooter by refinishing the metal and putting one of Wes' creations on it.