Welcome to the S.B. McWilliams website! For the time being I only sell on Ebay just search SB McWilliams. I specialize in alkanet refinishing stain and finishes specifically designed for fine guns but they are used by furniture, guitar and violin craftsman as well. They are available on eBay all the time and I would encourage you to buy through there. All my products are traditional in nature and I make all from scratch, or blend them to perfection because I personally use them, and won't sell them unless they are. If you don't want to use ebay you can send me a paypal order or personal check.
Alkanet was used in fine gun making for hundreds of years by the finest gun makers and is still in use today in limited bespoke firearms. In the restoration of an 1882 W&C Scott years ago I needed something that would replicate the stain. After communicating with a gunsmith in Scotland I learned that it was alkanet based which was common in the era. Alkanet root has been used for centuries as a key dye for clothing, pigment for paint, and even for medical reasons. I use the finest alkanet root from Pakistan to give the oil a consistent and wonderful hue.
Unlike most modern stains that can be very heavy in color my alkanet is very transparent and simply amplifies the beauty that is already there. If it has some porosity in the wood it will fill it with dark burgundy tones. The reds get deeper, the purples get more intense and the reds and oranges seem to grow in their intensity. For light woods like beech it can be mixed with darker traditional stains but on walnut which is 99% of woods you will encounter it's fine as is. The Alkanet Stain and Finish is also perfect for using as a finish coat. You can apply any varnish you like over the top of it if you desire the high gloss look or just desire a more weatherproof finish whether its mine or others. All of my products are available on EBAY, ALWAYS. This website is no longer a business site please use Ebay versus the website to purchase my products. I know my site is very basic, amazingly you can send me a check as primitive as that sounds I love it. I now offer 6 products -Alkanet Stain and Finish -Hand Rubbed Oil Finish -Alkanet Gloss Varnish -Alkanet Satin Varnish -Clear Gloss Varnish -Clear Satin Varnish
All are available in large 4 ounce bottles and all will easily do multiple firearms. Feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always ship the next business day. If you love my products I would be honored if you would share this with others it's a very small world we live in. Almost all of my sales are word of mouth and 80% of all my sales are to guys that are professionals and I'm proud of that. The link below has some additional info that you may enjoy watching.