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T. Kanaley 08-07-2009 12:32 PM

The official gripmakers showcase thread
Rules are now gone since some posters tended to ignore them anyway.

Go for it.. :)

Sarge43 08-07-2009 11:57 PM

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! :rock:

Sarge43 08-08-2009 10:27 AM

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!

69charger 08-08-2009 10:34 AM

4 Attachment(s)
A couple of mine.:)

Sarge43 08-08-2009 10:36 AM

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. :D

69charger 08-08-2009 10:45 AM

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. :)

Sarge43 08-08-2009 11:55 AM

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! :rock:

Sarge43 08-10-2009 04:00 PM

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.

Sgt_Lobo 08-10-2009 10:39 PM

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:


Sgt_Lobo 08-10-2009 10:51 PM

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!

Sarge43 08-10-2009 11:18 PM

Yeah, I'd say "just a few"! :biglaugh: Looking good! Thanks for the pics, I know I enjoyed them.

Sgt_Lobo 08-10-2009 11:22 PM

Thanks Sarge...
I always enjoy looking at yours as well. Not sure that mine hold a candle to yours, but I try... :p

Sarge43 08-12-2009 02:12 PM

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!

Sarge43 08-19-2009 02:34 PM

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.

Sgt_Lobo 08-19-2009 05:25 PM

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?

NAMVET72 08-19-2009 05:44 PM

So Sarge who do you know works for the SPOOKS(CIA)?


BTW They look outstanding, what other type of Medallions do you have?

tturnerpmti 08-20-2009 09:53 PM

Beautiful grips guys. :rock:
69charger actually made some nice looking grips. :)

Auto Mag 08-20-2009 09:58 PM

Fantastic looking grips!!:rock: I only wish that I had the talent and patience to do what you are doing!!:rock:

cory 08-23-2009 07:28 PM

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!

Sarge43 08-25-2009 10:26 PM


Originally Posted by cory (Post 2300399)
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.

Sarge43 08-26-2009 09:05 AM

A nice set of genuine whoolly mammoth tooth and cocobolo grips. Talk about being "unique". :biglaugh:
By the way, that's the natural color. Very interesting how these things are found. WHERE they're found determines the color. Beautiful stuff.

Sarge43 09-08-2009 04:03 PM

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. :biglaugh: Hooah!
Inset and covered medallions.

NAMVET72 09-20-2009 11:20 PM

There nice looking grips you made for some lucky Sailor............


MagnaCustom 09-23-2009 03:24 AM

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

Sarge43 09-29-2009 02:29 PM

Those are very nice MagnaCustom! Welcome to the forum. I look forward to more pics!

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