I have decided that since I have a bunch of extra time on my hands I am going to build myself some hardwood grips for my springfield champion. Today I picked out a nice light hard wood, I don't know what kind it is, but it is pretty. It was just laying around the shop. I cut these down into about the same pieces and am now calling these the "blanks". I will post pictures here later and throughout the project if anyone is interested. I hope it turns out. I am thinking about doing a checkering by hand if I am feeling really adventurous, but that decision will come later. I am open to comments and feed back, also feel free to ask any questions as it may help me to think some of these things through.