Little sixgun grip trivia

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Little sixgun grip trivia

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Made this pair of grips back some 25 plus years ago for an old model single six can you guess what type wood was used???
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I can barely tell one wood from another... My smart-azzed answer was going to be "hard wood"? But if I had to guess, it would be "Zebra wood?"
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No not Zebrawood
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Sort of has a grain like some type of pine.
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I was going to say Zebra wood, :D now I think plywood!
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I have a set of grips made for a Ruger Mark one pistol somewhere that I made out of poison ivy wood...! I didn’t have a 1911 at the time or I would’ve made them for that gun instead. It’s hard to find vines that big but on the river bottom there are a few.
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Nope , This wood has been used for a variety of things mechanical for years . Ill hold out before adding a better clue.
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iron wood?
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Boxwood
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Iron wood is close but there are many species ,need more specific.
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Nope , This wood has been used for a variety of things mechanical for years . Ill hold out before adding a better clue.
Dogwood for shuttlecocks.
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Nope , little clue it has a maritime past
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Teak? -Tutt
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I think Jay got it right after doing some research (like 1 minute's worth). :) If it is G.A. its also called "tiger wood" which would fit the pictures. This has been Esmeralda O'Sheehan's wood of choice for her grips for years and years. Teak is what is used on yachts thus my guess. Always a pleasure 06. Stay warm Buddy!

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Looks like teak, but I'll guess Osage Orange.
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Nope to all , keep trying .
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Well....they sure look like Goncalo Alves but if you say no, they are not.
Too light to be rosewood but I have seen rosewood that's unstained......I've seen walnut that looks like maple...all depends on whether it's sap wood, the heart, or the meat.

Don't some of you guys have one of those fancy phones that takes a picture and gives an answer? I'm still back in the sixties when knowledge counted.....

Yea....da dude Tutt rang a bell with his tiger wood answer......didn't know GA and tiger wood were the same.......mmmmmm

Osage orange? (Oh, Old Crusty already said dat...)
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I know, it's YOUR wood.-----006
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Nuclear subs have used this material,and yes this block of wood came out of the ship yards.
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It looks similar to the hickory/pecan I'm working with now.
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Anouther hint , its 10 times harder than oak
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A fair amount of people around here have cedar roofs due to its weather resistance but it's too brittle and spongey for a handgun stock. Some of the old aircraft carriers used white oak for the decking but that too is splintery. Unless it's a common wood, I give up.

"10 x harder than oak?" Sounds like Osage orange...I can drill and tap that stuff....mahogany sounds like it but Tutt already said teak, which is the same.........and then there's ebony but I thought that was real dark.
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Nope, This stuff you actually machine it looks like phenolic resin when cutting.
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Desert Ironwood is the only thing I know of that is that hard.
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Perhaps it's a fruitwood of some kind. Pearwood maybe.
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Mesquite?
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Locust?
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Still a no
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Was it sold by the pound, or is it the Argentinian wood that is very similar?
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Lignam vitae
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Lignum Vitae is sold by the pound in the US from licensed dealers.
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Verawood.
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Chestnut.
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When I first saw it I thought Larch Or Tamarack as you call it but can't imagine making grips with it but it is used in boat building.
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44shooter got it ,its. Lignum Vitae
Used for years to make propeller shaft bearings and a variety of other bearing applications. Self lubricating and just about rot proof.Lowers sonar report too.

The bearings are machined just like any other material ,ships were dry docked they used water mister to keep the bearings from drying out.

It unique ,machines beautiful .you cannot use air or electric sandpaper though as it gums up.
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Interesting and informative post... :D
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RMS Queen Mary having shaft bearings re-bored with a portable boring machine 1938

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