How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. Woodnut

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    MAN !!!!!! , Thanks for that info, I will check it out this week end. If I end up with something I will let you know.
    Thanks again.

    BTW, I noticed you were from NW AR. I spent a few years in FT. Smith working. We lived in Van Buren when the tornado took our house in 95,or 96 I can't remember. We then rented in south Ft Smith for about a year before moving to the coast.
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    Airdale, where abouts are you from? I live in Dardanelle and my inlaws live in Bentonville.
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    I'm on Beaver lake about 12 miles from Rogers in the Coppermine area. Not too far from Bentonville. Got a nice shootin range about a mile away (free) but it's packed if you don't get there early, even on weekdays. Give a yell if your in the area.
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    Airdale
    I worked with a friend that lived in Seligman, Mo. Then my superintendent was from Beaver. The wife and I did our honeymoon thing in Eureka Springs. Went to see the passion play and stayed up there for a week or so, several years ago. Really a beautiful spot in the US, we really enjoyed it.
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    This is a set of Desert Ironwood Burl with some of the nicest grain I have seen. I built these for a forum member and he is going to post pictures of them on the gun. I told him this morning on the phone that it was a good thing I didn't own a EMP or I would refund his money and keep the grips for myself. Of coarse I fall in love with all the grips I make because of the grain patterns. For those that are wondering who they are for, I will let him tell you. I will ship the grips tomorrow morning. He should have them by Wensday or Thursday.
    Still having trouble with reflections, but these pictures came out fairly well seeing that these grips are like glass.
    Enjoy!

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    Yea they are nice, and I just happen to own an EMP....
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    Sorry DD but they're headed to Arkansas....BUT Woodnut's supplier had some similar blanks you might want to dress up your EMP with. That is some pretty wood and Carl sure brings out it's beauty.
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    If you get a reflector for your flash or use a light box (Web search for DIY light box), you will eliminate your hot spots. Also, you generally need about 3 times as much light as you would think in order to get good photos. You can also search for tutorials on product photography to get more ideas. My 2 cents worth.TD
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    those are sexy grips !
  11. Woodnut

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    Bonded Ivory is a material that I have never worked before. It is a composite, not Poly. It works great, I wish I could find some to work with. If anyone knows a supplier, please let me know, it is as near bone or Ivory as I have ever seen.
    The customer sent me these grips and the genuine silver crosses to inlay. He is a Lt. and a Champlain, but I don't know the branch. He is working the AZ border.
    Anyway, I wanted to show these grips since they turned out quite nice.
    Enjoy!

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    In case anyone is interested, I am now a dealer for the Boned Ivory grips. I can't find the material to build them out of, but did find a supplier of the grips. They are really nice and look just like the real thing. As you have seen in my last post, they really work nice for inlay and I am sure they would look good scrimed. I have 3 sets in stock now with more on the way.
    Thanks for looking.
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    This is a set of grips that a customer sent me to have the crosses inlaid. It's a little hard to inlay after the checkering is complete. The points of the diamonds will break off if not careful, and will leave an unsightly gap. These turned out just OK, would have liked to had a smooth grip for the inlay. The other grip is off of a Ruger. The customer found this Eagle at a yard sale and bought it. It was Sterling Silver and very 3D. Being 3D, it had to be inlaid with a little of the Eagle protruding beyond the surface of the grip. But that was the way he wanted it. Looks good. I love the Eagle, it looks a lot like the Ruger Logo.

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    This is something I have been working on most of the Day, I enjoy it but boy is it slow. One mistake and, FIREWOOD. If there is anyone out ther that needs pointers on what tools to use or any questions on checkering, you know all you have to do is ask. I am not the best at it, but I can do until he comes along. :D The picture of the black grips are what the customer wants me to try and achieve. He wants me to make them weathered looking. Don't know yet how this is going to turn out, but I will post pictures of the finished product. I'm really not sure what the wood is, he bought them somewhere, and thinks they are birch, but I'm not sure.

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    Those look good.
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    This is the Birch grips the customer bought, or at least was told they were birch. They were a little narrow but was real thick and had enough wood to make them standard in every way except the width. I have already cut out the notch in the top of the grip he sent me in this picture.
    I meant to post these in the other thread, and forgot about it. So here are the pictures again. First the one I did today, next the Birch, and next is what he wants them to look like.

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    Well, I finished the grips late last night and made a few pictures on them. I did weather them a lot. Maybe too much. I have sent him pictures to see what he thinks and have not heard back from him yet. This is a first for me. I have never been ask to make something, then turn around and make it look old. The one picture shows the grip bolted on my stainless Springer, I really think it will blend in and look a lot better on the blued gun. Maybe he will send us some pictures of the grips on the blued gun, for a look see.

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    The customer sent me pictures of the aged grips on his original blued gun, I think they look better than I really expected. The actually look as old as the gun. Oh well, there is a first time for everything I guess.

    Enjoy!

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    that looks right at home on that 1914
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    Just getting ready to ship these to a customer in, can you guess, (Texas).
    These are Bonded Ivory, not Poly, they work really well and do not have that plastic feel. They are truly more of the Ivory feel. I had these Laser cut, then I inked them to make the logo, initials and year stand out and have a lot of contrast.
    Enjoy!

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