Materials

This page is to give you an idea of the materials I use to make my grips.

american holly

American Holly –  Grown in the Eastern United States, the ideal lumber has a very uniform, pale white color with virtually no visible grain pattern.  Can develop a bluish/gray fungal stain if not dried rapidly after cutting.

 

 

 

bubinga

Bubinga – A very dense hardwood from Africa,  the heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks.  A very hard wood that is super durable as well as attractive.

 

 

 

black-cherry-sealed

Black Cherry – Another Eastern United States heartwood.  It is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light.

 

 

 

black-walnutBlack Walnut – Yet a third hardwood from the Eastern United States.  Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks.

 

 

 

gaboon-ebonyGaboon Ebony – A hardwood from Equatorial West Africa, it’s heartwood is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present.

 

 

 

brazilian-lacewood-sealedLacewood – Brazilian Lacewood has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which result in a lace pattern when quartersawn.

 

 

 

oliveOlivewood – Olivewood is an exotic wood that is native to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.  It’s heartwood is a cream or yellowish brown, with darker brown or black contrasting streaks. Color tends to deepen with age. Olive is somtimes figured with curly or wavy grain, burl, or wild grain

 

 

 

padaukPaduak – Common to Central and tropical west Africa, the heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown

 

 

 

peruvian-walnut-sealed1Peruvian Walnut – A very dark, tropical hardwood with heartwood that tends to be darker than temperate walnut species, with a deep chocolate brown color, sometimes with a purplish hue.