Purple heart grips.

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by BillyHart, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. BillyHart

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    This was an amazing wood to work with.
     
  2. Olympus

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    Good job. My first set of grips I ever made were from purpleheart. Just know that over time, you'll lose the purple color and the wood will turn brown.

    But it sure is pretty when it's freshly worked.
     

  3. BillyHart

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    I heated them in the oven to get the deep purple and cleared them do you think I will still loose the color?
     
  4. Olympus

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    Yes. Heat has nothing to do with it. It's UV rays that will change the color.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the color is amazing! very different indeed. nice looking grips.

    if UV rays discolor them, then he could just use it at night!
     
  6. BillyHart

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    Just finished some in ambrosia maple . I would like to find some more of this wood.

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  7. hoovco

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    Nice grips! Think you could hook me up with a pair?!
     
  8. BillyHart

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    Would be happy too.
     
  9. Olympus

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    You may also want to consider having the ambrosia maple stabilized if you haven't already. It's a bit soft.
     
  10. BillyHart

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    I did but dont know where to find any more. Any suggestions?
     
  11. BillyHart

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    I am intetested in finding some buckeye burl. But again dont know where to start.
     
  12. BillyHart

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    Also Olympus I have aquired a piece of brazilian cherry have you ever worked any of this. If so any suggestions.
     
  13. kytowboater

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    Look damn nice too. Good work man. What do you charge.
     
  14. Olympus

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    You can check different knifemaker supply companies to start.

    I stay away for buckeye burl. It's very brittle unless its been stabilized. And also prone to worm holes. You take a gamble when you buy the wood.

    Never worked Brazilian cherry, but should be nice n
     
  15. BillyHart

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    Ok I will and thanks for the info.
     
  16. BillyHart

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    I dont know I am a saddlemaker and leathercrafter this is something I just started and wanted to try it to see if I could.
     
  17. BillyHart

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    Olympus is the box elder burl the same way?
     
  18. Olympus

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    Same way as what? Not sure what you mean.

    Box elder burl is a good choice for grips, but it certainly needs to be stabilized before being used for grips.
     
  19. BillyHart

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    That is what I was refering to. stabilizing