Locknpump, on 23 January 2011 - 07:40 PM, said:
I think it would be awesome to have a wooden pump handle, the unique style and feel of it would be awesome especially if it was durable, so what type of hardwood should I be looking at? and if you have a design in mind feel free to throw it up and i will consider it.
p.s. I have the tools to make it
I did a thread like this a while back for making grips (still in progress -_-)... I was considering getting more of the black ebony to do a pump handle but it was like $60 for a block of it and I am a jobless student.
Anyways... you could try this site. I got a set of scales from them, as well as the ebony (different site).
They also have natural woods. During my searching, I found a lot of grip makers used Cocobolo, so I assume it's a pretty solid wood.
You would also want to look into what kind of finish you need to keep sweat, water, etc. from expanding the wood and wrecking it. I plan on using either straight tung oil (duller) or some polymerised tung oil (glossier, but penetrates the wood better).