Solid wood is used in the construction of my cases. Any species of available wood can be used. I especially like using exotics for their unique beauty and much of my work is a combination of domestic and exotic woods. My preference is to protect the exterior of the case with natural oil followed by multiple, hand-rubbed topcoats which gives a sheen not usually found in commercial, mass-produced items. For the interior I prefer a hand-rubbed shellac and wax finish. Shellac is a very neutral type of finish so there is no chance of the finish reacting to your pistol. Finger joints are used to assemble the box to provide strength and add a subtle, decorative element. Details such as leather handles, brass hardware, and slotted brass screws are used to stay true to the era of the pistol. Pistols are strapped down and supported on a layer of foam that is covered in deerskin. Since every case is a one of a kind creation, I will work closely with you to design a case to your requirements. The case shown also has a personalized brass name plate on the outside and another plate inside of the case giving the specifications of the pistol. Details like this give you a truly unique and custom case.