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Old 01-07-2010, 05:44 PM
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Here's a new set of some bookmatched claro walnut. This set has some really unique colors and grain patterns. The right piece of walnut can look very classy.

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:07 PM
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I haven't made a nice set of spalted maple in while. Here's the newest set...

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:15 PM
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Here's a new set of some bookmatched claro walnut. This set has some really unique colors and grain patterns. The right piece of walnut can look very classy.

Those are absolutely amazing looking.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:14 PM
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Here's the newest set of fiddleback maple grips. This set is pretty much identical to a factory set. It has the msh pin cut-out and a bevel bottom. These grips really look good on a blued frame. The customer who bought the last set sent me pictures of the grips on his blued frame and it really brings out the contrast between the two. If I had a blued 1911, I'd make a set for myself.

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Old 01-15-2010, 01:33 PM
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Amboyna burl grips with the pin cut-out and beveled bottom. They are finished with 10 coats of tung oil Not my preferred finish for this particular wood, but it's what the customer requested.

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Old 01-21-2010, 04:39 PM
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Here is a special wood that I thought you guys would enjoy seeing. It's mineral stained (natural) spalted maple burl. I was pleasantly surprised when I cut into this block and saw the beauty inside. The "greyer" areas shown were quite punky, so it was a given to have the blanks professionally stabilized. It's almost all gone now, but I wanted you to see the beauty and be able to enjoy it with me.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:37 PM
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Yeah. That's kind of what I was saying with every cut into the block. It was GORGEOUS. Very special wood right there.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:21 AM
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Very nice spalted maple. It seems like the more spalting you see in the wood, the more punky the wood is. Glad to see that you were able to still use this wood. Would have been a shame for wood like that to get pitched in the firewood bucket.
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:36 PM
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i jst got done cutting some beautiful dark black walnut blanks....cant wait to start cutting!
i will post some pics when i am done.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:23 PM
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Hakan and I are working on some stuff that will ruin a bunch of keyboards with drool once they're finished. I hope it's OK for me to post his work once they're done, as he's one of the best and doesn't frequent the forums much.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:38 PM
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Trying something different in the design part. I wanted to try something new around the MSH pin area. I'm calling this the double-bevel cut. It will not work for bobtail frames though. The angle of the cut is different than bobtail frames. We'll see if this new design catches on. If not, the wood is just so pretty that I'll end up putting the grips on my own gun!

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Old 01-26-2010, 01:24 AM
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Wow, Sarge!!! Those are some the nicest looking grips I think I've ever seen. The snakewood is especially nice. Although the maple burl is amazing too.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:32 PM
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Another set of desert ironwood.

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Old 01-26-2010, 09:43 PM
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Wow, Sarge!!! Those are some the nicest looking grips I think I've ever seen. The snakewood is especially nice. Although the maple burl is amazing too.
Thanks brother! There is some really unique and beautiful wood out there. I have the best hobby in the world.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:48 AM
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I've got something WAY unique for you guys to check out - Sea Cow bone. Sea Cows were hunted by sailors into extinction in the mid 1700's. They were slow moving and easy to hunt and eat, so they took full advantage until all of the Sea Cows were gone. The bone is still around, but it's rare and expensive. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few pieces.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:10 AM
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Very interesting! Never even know that. I've never been a fan of bone or antler, but from the pictures I wouldn't have even known it was bone. Looks like it's not too porous either. Very nice choice!
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:03 PM
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I like using the bone and have done a lot of work with genuine whoolly mammoth tooth pieces that I inset in wood.
Pics of course......




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Old 02-03-2010, 04:55 PM
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I take it personally

Me, I started making personallized grips. Up to now it's not really commercial but I hope it wiil be.
Here is the latest version of my own grips:



And here is what I made for a customer:

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:45 PM
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Here are some of my grips:


Red Mallee Burl

Teak Burl
Magna, those Teak Burl, and Red Mallee Burl grips are beautiful. I work with wood myself, a lot of turning, and can really appreciate good use of beautiful burls. Have you ever worked with Camphor burl, or Chittam burl? Both are beautifully tight grained burls, and a little different; especially the Camphor, it's probably the most figured burl wood I have ever seen, look it up if you are unfamiliar with it.

Hats off to all the craftsmen in this thread, you all do great work; keep 'em coming.

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:57 PM
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Here is a special wood that I thought you guys would enjoy seeing. It's mineral stained (natural) spalted maple burl. I was pleasantly surprised when I cut into this block and saw the beauty inside. The "greyer" areas shown were quite punky, so it was a given to have the blanks professionally stabilized. It's almost all gone now, but I wanted you to see the beauty and be able to enjoy it with me.
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Those are absolutely incredible. I really don't think I've ever seen a finer example of great use for a piece of beautiful wood....just incredible.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:54 PM
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:53 PM
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"Curmudgeon", I like that word. Thanks for reopening the thread.
As a celebration, here's a wood that has recently make it's way into the shop - Asian Walnut. Beautiful in it's curly form (it can get wild as you see below) and it's burl form, it's a hard and dense and BEEEEAUTIFUL wood. If ya'll get the chance to work with it, take it! Good stuff!
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:17 PM
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Nice! That top set looks like curly Koa.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:11 PM
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VCD Rubber Bobtails

I have been experimenting with texturing a rubber grip. "Cratering" works well. My "rice kernal" and "pin prick" texture have not faired as well on the rubber.
Fortunately, the rubber will take a bobtail cut as displayed in black below.

As I have stated before, I am a craftsman on my best day, you wood guys are true artists!!!


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Old 02-10-2010, 02:03 PM
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Have you tried doing different shapes? I was thinking that a "U" or "V" shape would look a lot like reptile scales if you overlapped them. Kind of like Kimber does on their Grand Raptor grips.
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