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.
“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals. It can only be ensured by instinct, sharpened by thought practicing the stroke so often that at the crisis it is as natural as a reflex.” ~ T. E. Lawrence