I do not call myself a gunsmith because I have not one artistic bone in my body. But I am a pretty fair gun mechanic.
LOL, I have a brother in Louisiana!
I only have about 400 rounds through my old 11-87 but I like it just fine. Its walnut forend is reinforced with what looks like fiberglass and it fits both my light contour barrels almost perfectly. Looks like a sturdy and attractive piece of furniture to me.