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Old 08-07-2009, 11:32 AM
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The official gripmakers showcase thread




Rules are now gone since some posters tended to ignore them anyway.

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Old 08-07-2009, 10:57 PM
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I think this is a great idea! Thank you to the mods and admin for the opportunity to share our passion and fun. I hope many forum members show their efforts here with pride and share the beauty with us all. Maybe even share a few tips amongst the group.
Good stuff!
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:27 AM
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Well, somebody has to get the thread rolling, so here we go.......
This set was done in streaked water buffalo horn placed over 1/16" of paper micarta. I added the micarta for two reasons.
1) To add an extra little bit of rigidity and stability to the horn
2) The only horn blanks I could find in the US were too narrow to fit the frame the way I like it, and this was a good way to add some width for a good fit
The horn makes for a beautiful set of grips in the end. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
Now that the "seal is broken" on this thread, let's see work from others. I know you're out there, so come on in and share the beauty!
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:34 AM
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A couple of mine.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:36 AM
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Looking good 69 charger! I like those grips on the older S&W - sweet!
I see you barely complied with the "at least 10 posts" rule.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:45 AM
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Its a SW39-2. I love all the woods out there. Sarge. You and your grips got me really wanting to get into it and its been fun. I thank you for getting me started.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:55 AM
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I see by the number of sets that you're addicted to it, just like me. Thanks for sharing the pics, I hope to see many more in the future!
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:00 PM
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Come on! There has to be makers out there wanting to post their stuff! Let's see em. I never get enough of the eye candy.
Here's a set done for a Railroad Police officer. Ivory Paper Micarta with medallions inset and covered with resin for a smooth surface. Satin finish.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:39 PM
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Here are a few of the ones I make for shows and such

Here are some of mine...please excuse the large pics. I've been experimenting with some different woods lately as well.

Buckeye Burl:




Spalted Curly Maple:


Thuya Burl:


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And a few more in various stages of completion

Cut and rounded, prior to hand sanding:


Some shaped, some not:


Here is my finishing table with a bunch of different ones off the assembly line:


I love making grips!
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:18 PM
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Yeah, I'd say "just a few"! Looking good! Thanks for the pics, I know I enjoyed them.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:22 PM
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Thanks Sarge...

I always enjoy looking at yours as well. Not sure that mine hold a candle to yours, but I try...
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:12 PM
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It's about enjoying the fabrication process and seeing the beauty in the woods that we use. It's a great hobby is it not? Really keeps me on an even keel.
There's not too much better than finding that block of wood that doesn't look like much on the outside, but you see indicators of beauty, and then cutting into it to see that you were right and soaking up all that natural uniqueness. It's great!
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:34 PM
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Here's a set just finished for a customer who will put them on the pistol that he will hand down to his son when the time comes. To have a part in such a legacy is a true honor for me. I hope in the future they will help the son to remember his Dad and his service to out country.
Madrone Burl with inset medallions.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:25 PM
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Those are very nice, very classy looking Sarge. It is a nice feeling knowing you've made something that will be passed down as an heirloom isn't it?
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So Sarge who do you know works for the SPOOKS(CIA)?


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BTW They look outstanding, what other type of Medallions do you have?
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:53 PM
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Beautiful grips guys.
69charger actually made some nice looking grips.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:58 PM
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Fantastic looking grips!! I only wish that I had the talent and patience to do what you are doing!!
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:28 PM
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Sarge43, I love the ivories on the railroad gun-and that happens to be the same railroad that I've worked for the last 30+ years. Very nice work!
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Sarge43, I love the ivories on the railroad gun-and that happens to be the same railroad that I've worked for the last 30+ years. Very nice work!
You probably know the guy they went to then. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing them.
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A nice set of genuine whoolly mammoth tooth and cocobolo grips. Talk about being "unique".


By the way, that's the natural color. Very interesting how these things are found. WHERE they're found determines the color. Beautiful stuff.
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A set of officers grips in Amboyna Burl that are going to guess who? That's right, a member of our Navy. Proving once again, that even squids have taste. Hooah!
Inset and covered medallions.
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There nice looking grips you made for some lucky Sailor............

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Here are some of my grips:

Bois De Rose

Gabon Ebony, Black Mulga, Blue Mahoe

Red Mallee Burl

Teak Burl

Lace Sheaok, Curly Hawaiian Koa, Curly Australian Blackwood
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Those are very nice MagnaCustom! Welcome to the forum. I look forward to more pics!
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