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Darn pretty grips.
Makes me want to buy a 1911.
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Todays offering is a set of slim Dan Wesson CCO grips in Maple Burl. The CCO is a wonderful weapon with some great details that scream for matching grips. The small radius at the butt of the grip allows me to add a round not only to that portion of the grip panels, but also to round the bottom edge and have it fit right in. The feel in the hand is great and the beautiful wood just adds to the overall package.
Also, here's one of my first ventures into "color stabilized" woods. This set is actually fairly plain maple that the stabilizer added some red to with the resins. I have mixed feelings about changing the natural colors of woods, but my customers seem to like it, so I justify it with the fact that at least I'M not changing it with stain. Somehow, I still feel a little guilty though.
I could be mistaken, but I think that's the first Maple burl that I've seen in this thread and I have to say that it looks fantastic (!).
I think I'm with Sarge regarding the color stabilization; in some cases it can add some beauty and intrigue, but so many of the woods are incredibly gorgeous the way they are that they need no further enhancement.
I love this thread. =^D
Okay, Monday morning. Out of the shop and back in the office again. Meh.
Today we have three woods all cut for the new Dan Wesson CCO.
The first is Fishtail Oak from Australia. The "rings" on this tree are formed by light tan spots in layers that go around the trunk. When you work the wood, these spots show through and give it a very unique pattern. While a cousin to Lacewood, don't get them confused - Lacewood is very lightweight and Fishtail Oak is much more dense and heavy. It's even used in construction projects for support (like we use a 2x4 here).
The second is a long time favorite - Amboyna burl. This set has the more "traditional" look to it. Always gorgeous, Amboyna Burl looks good on just about any weapon light or dark framed. It just has an elegance about it that really adds a classy touch. This particular pair is done in the slim thickness.
Here's another set done in Amboyna Burl except this pair has bark inclusions which are responsible for the dark areas. I think this makes it look a little more rustic overall while still being elegant. I really like this pair.
I really like the bark inclusions in the burl also.
That is because we have extremely sophisticated good taste.
Todays set is done in Black and White Ebony with a tactical stipple pattern, and are cut for a magwell. B&W Ebony has such a wide variety of looks between blocks. You only get the full picture if you crosscut it, which many aren't willing to do because it opens up a door to unique fabrication problems that you just don't have if you cut it with the grain. Beautiful stuff!
Very nice work Sarge, Those came out very very well indeed.....
Too bad you don't like the circular pattern. I've got a ton of this pattern laying around the shop. I finally just stopped ordering it because that was all that was coming. Now I check with the distributor before ordering B&W Ebony. Eventually they'll get a new shipment in and we can get yours going. Just a matter of "when".
I know you're probably getting sick of seeing Buckeye Burl here, but this set has burl pattern that just makes me drool. These are Dan Wesson CCO grips.
How can anyone get sick of that? Beautiful pattern. Thumbs up on your wood scrounging abilities.
The only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. SgtD
Really cool colors!!!!!
Thanks Rocky, I appreciate it!
Here are some examples of what happens when I turn my stabilizer loose with Box Elder Burl. These are both obviuosly color stabilized. I still personally prefer the natural beauty of the wood, but I understand that some have a "need" for additional colors. I guess I don't have a problem with it, as long as it's not put out there as being natural. I still won't stain it myself. Not going to cross that line. No matter how many people ask me.
Let me know what YOU think......
Those look great, Natural wood is cool, But those are very unique.
Last edited by Pure Kustom; October 30th, 2009 at 01:33 AM.