I don't do engraving. Not many makers do these days. Most engraving is done with laser equipment and not by hand on grips. You might give DSPLaser a try and see if they can help you out.
Thanks for getting back to me Olympus. I am going to get some engraving done and try my hand at making some grips without the correct tools seeings as how I do not have a workshop that I have put together. I will eventually acquire them through the years i'm sure. You do some very nice work btw.
No problem. Happy to help. Grip making can be a lot of fun if you do it at your own pace. I got started with only a bench top drill press and a bench top band saw as my only equipment. There are all kinds of things that can make the job easier, faster, and more efficient, but if you are just making grips for your own use then you can get by with minimum tools. It was really a learning process for me. Read some Internet articles and then figure out what works best for you.
Not to hijack the whole nice grips thread but this dude cut down this huge tree down the street. It looks like a hardwood and it looks very nice. I didn't know if I should ask for a log of it and try and make grips out of it or if that would work. Somewhere in here or on another thread I saw that you put wood in a pressure cooker or something to get the water out or something. I didn't know if ordering a piece of wood is better than making them from actual logs. I have only seen it done with pieces of wood that people have ordered. Thanks ahead of time for the feedback.
Depends on what kind of wood you're talking about. Moisture content is definitely one thing to consider. But another thing is whether you have the equipment to cut the wood up into scales of approximate thickness. Takes a pretty good size saw to cut some slivers out of a whole tree. And I'm not talking about a chain saw either.