To feed my addiction to custom wood grips, I asked Carl, of Privates Custom Grips (www.privatescustomgrips.com) make me two pair for my Ruger New Model Blackhawk .45LC – one of Mesquite for those hunting trips to South Texas, and other of Spaulted Maple, for Sunday-go-to-church carry. Spaulting is a process where the wood is allowed to almost begin decomposition, then stabilized by infusion of an epoxy resin. This results in some very interesting patterns in the wood, as well as making it very strong and long wearing.
Mesquite, of course, is as tough and long lasting as anything else from South Texas, and can also be a very beautiful wood. The grain tends to be straight, but when it does have patterns, they are nice ones.