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Old 11-09-2017, 06:59 PM
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Beautiful!

My little (compact frame) brother to your set:


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Old 11-13-2017, 01:21 PM
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when I am ordering custom grips, I like the left and right sides to match up better. Perhaps that’s just me, but it seems that the major cost, with custom, is the workmanship and not (usually) the raw material. I would think for a few bucks more a finer grade of wood could be obtained for preceding project. That said, if you love them, that is all that matters.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:46 PM
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:10 PM
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That Turkish Walnut is worth whatever you care to charge! Stunning.
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:55 PM
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thank you Sir!

I probably should have charged more for them than I did. wood like that is hard to find!
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when I am ordering custom grips, I like the left and right sides to match up better. Perhaps thatís just me, but it seems that the major cost, with custom, is the workmanship and not (usually) the raw material. I would think for a few bucks more a finer grade of wood could be obtained for preceding project. That said, if you love them, that is all that matters.


It doesnít always work out that way though. What matches on the surface often times changes as you start contouring.
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:31 PM
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It doesn’t always work out that way though. What matches on the surface often times changes as you start contouring.
I’m sure that is part of the fascination of working with natural material.

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Old 11-15-2017, 07:04 PM
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I actually find character in the fact that each grip panel will be slightly different due to the nature of wood.
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I actually find character in the fact that each grip panel will be slightly different due to the nature of wood.


I can see the appeal of both. While having both sides matching would be nice, itís also really cool to have each side have itís own unique character and grain.

As a grip maker, Iím glad there are people who like both!
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:38 PM
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Brown Mallee Burl.









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Old 11-17-2017, 07:42 PM
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:52 AM
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Old 11-22-2017, 01:17 PM
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Beautiful grips!

Is there a knowledge base online where one can learn how best to "finish" certain types of wood?
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:21 PM
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To the best of my knowledge there's not one regarding finishing....not one I'd trust, anyway. There is a fantastic resource for general wood knowledge http://www.wood-database.com/ that will give you a very comprehensive picture of the actual characteristics of the wood, including density, porosity and oiliness. Those three are really key in selecting a finish. The best resource is Google. Just use a search string like "finishing Ebony" and it will take you to lots of different forums like boat builders, instrument makers, etc. Just take everything you read with a grain of salt....bottom line is you're going to have to do some experimenting with each new wood you use, even within the same species.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:23 PM
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Thank you! That's what I've been doing with every type of wood I've used, but like you said, with some "suggestions" that just sound fishy, without photo evidence to back it up, I tend not to follow.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:40 PM
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So do any of you use White Diamond buffing compound to polish your grips once you have finished them? I'm looking for how I can refine my finishes to get to that next level of craftsmanship.

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Old 11-28-2017, 07:50 PM
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Adam, they are beautiful. What type of wood is it?
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:14 PM
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The official gripmakers showcase thread

Thank you! Thatís desert ironwood.
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:49 PM
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Finished these today. Desert ironwood.

Should I mount gold medallions or leave them clean?
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Why put someone elseís brand on your work? Leave them off!


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Old 12-10-2017, 04:07 PM
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Oh man, I love those grips that look like dark, smoldering flame.
Makes me wish I had a blue 1911 to put them on.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:55 AM
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Oh man, I love those grips that look like dark, smoldering flame.
Makes me wish I had a blue 1911 to put them on.


Yeah, that darker ironwood tends to look better on a blued or black gun. Thanks.
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