In the meantime...
Sometimes, things need repair.
Other times, it's just a cosmetic dressing.
But when it's all done...
You get a sense of pride that you've made something greater than the sum of it's parts.
About a year and a half ago I brought that home from the shop... but not like that. It was in a crusty, dented blonde wood stock. The barrel had rusty spots. The action was so filthy that it barely ran. The black paint was almost completely chipped off the alloy reciever.
Not anymore :)