What makes a blank exhibition quality can be rather subjective. It can have great color variation, grain structure, pattern density, some interesting and unique qualities or any combination of these. It is usually a blank that just stands out from, and above the norm. It will make a truely special set of custom handgun grips. Below are examples of exhibition walnut and why they are graded as such.
1 - Fabulous piece of French with a beautiful orange brown tone and wonderful black streaking. A nice dose of feathered figure seals it.
2 - Beautiful piece of Bastogne. Very fine colors and a beautiful fiddleback figure that the camera struggles to convey.
3 - Another piece of Bastogne. Very nice dense feathered figure with some subtle colors.
4 - Bastogne. This block is actually part of a set of 4 matched pieces. This blank has it all - colors, grain figure and pattern density.
5 - Claro with great color, stripe and dense feather figure.
6 - American Black walnut. Great colors, grain, feathering - it's a complete package.
7 - French. "Honey and smoke".
8 - French. Rich brown tones with fine marbled streaks and feathering.