Todays pic is of a very cool wood that you would neve see this way unless it was crosscut. Marblewood. When viewed along the graining of the piece, it simply looks like a honey colored wood with brown streaks, but when you crosscut it you get this astounding display of sharp contrasting lines. This wood usually reminds me of a lightning storm and I think you can tell why that is. Anyway, it's a hard and dense wood but it has to be dried properly or else you'll have shrinkage problems. I have gotten into the habit now of having it professionally stabilized just to ensure that there are no problems down the road. It's open grain tends to really reap the benefits of the stabilization even though it's already a ver tough wood.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pics!
they are the coolest I've seen so far. Very nice job sarge
Any further update on when/if you may start doing grips other than 1911s? I've got a few pistols just pining away for a set of your grips.
I have ordered some equipment that will help me in branching out to other weapons, but it's not here yet. The problem is usuallly the backs of the grips - let's take a H&K P7 for example. There are numerous flat indentations in the back of each grip panel that must be matched quite well to allow the weapon to function flawlessly. To match those to the .001" by hand, while possible, is just not feasible. The equipment I've got coming will help me a lot with things like that and allow me to concentrate on the shaping and finishing and fitting. I'm sure there will be a learning curve with said equipment, but I'd hope in the next month I will have it and be able to use it competently.
Thank you for the interest!
Originally Posted by cvhoss
Today's pics are of Camphor Burl. This wood is not only beautiful, it is also HIGHLY aromatic. When my girls were younger they used to call it "Daddy's smell good wood". When you cut it or turn it, the entire room is filled with the pleasant combination of campho phenique and flowers. Makes you wish your nose was bigger so you could take more in. :yup:
The wood istelf is a medium brown with rose colored burl clusters throughout. I'm afraid my pics don't capture that very well, but you can get a hint of it.
A light wood, I have it professionally stabilized before use in making my grips, just to be sure.
Enjoy the pics,
Camphor Burl - Right purdy wood also. :yup:
Have you ever done any grips in Snakewood? (Piratinera guianensis) <~~~ It's probably my all-time favorite wood. :king:
My second favorite is Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum officinale)
I make my specialty leather burnishing tools from Lignum Vitae.
It's incredibly dense and waxy. It does not float in water.
It works fairly easily though.
I do, too, Sarge.... :yup:
Originally Posted by Sarge43
Today's pic is a set of mammoth tooth in Gabon Ebony made for an officers frame. Unfortunately, my UCII has a black frame so the ebony tends to blend in in the pic, but you get the idea.
Your Snakewood grips are magnifico.
You obviously like that wood also. :hand10:
Thanks, and yes I do. It is beautiful and unique stuff!
Originally Posted by QKShooter
Today's pics are of some pretty cool Cocobolo. Bright colors and some wild veining really catch your eye with these grips. As you can see in the pics, the angle of the light makes them change. Pretty cool. Believe it or not, these two panels ARE bookmatched. They came from a pretty wild piece with lot's of movement.
A set of officers grips in Bloodwood and Mammoth tooth. The tooth slabs are black white and if you look closely - blue. Pretty cool stuff.
Todays pic has a long story behind it, but I'll wrap it quickly in the following -
I snagged a few blocks that were destined for high end rifle and shotgun stocks. I get creative with the cutting and came up with some gorgeous blanks. This is the first set from those blanks. Check out the high level of figure going up through the panels themselves. Reminds me of a tree or even a water twister going up. Drop dead gorgeous. I'm so glad I found this stuff and got to work with it!
Forum members may be interested in seeing what a mammoth tooth looks like in its natural state.
Then they can better appreciate just how much work is involved in getting it to a point where it will be such a fine and beautiful grip inlay.
They can also see where striped grain patterning comes from.
Sarge...I don't want to muck up your "running grip pic thread" so shoot me a quick PM if you decide that you want this post and pic deleted. No problem.