AZ Desert Ironwood Question

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Forum topic by pariswoodworking posted 02-25-2012 06:35 PM 1092 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2012 06:35 PM

A good friend of mine is wanting me to make him a set of grips for his new pistol. I’m wanting it to be as stunning as possible, so I was wanting to use either Amboyna Burl, or Desert Ironwood. My question about the Ironwood is, will this stuff crack after being shipped around? It will come from Arizona to me in NE Texas (humid), after that it will go to upper Mississippi around Memphis. Will this cause the wood to crack or warp? Also, the wood has some sapwood on it, how hard is the sapwood? (I have never worked with this stuff before)


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#1 posted 02-27-2012 05:12 AM

I havent worked with this stuff yet but i just picked up a small section of ironwood log(6” diameter) in Arizona and drove it all the way back home up the west coast, Oregon, Washington and into Canada. There were some significant changes in humidity during that journey but only short term. Now the wood is sitting in my shop. I have only been able to check the end grain and there is no change at all. I can only suspect that you will have very little movement with pieces the size of pistol grips. Theres only one way to find out though, good luck.

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