How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. Dale Dugas

    Dale Dugas New Member

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    And here they are:

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    More photos when the grips arrive and I put them on my gun.

    Thanks again Carl, your work is incredible.
  2. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

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    I took the dark picture that Dale sent me and did a little edit work on it and came up with fair results. As you can see the color is still not right in this photo.
    Looks like I may have to invest in a better camera for myself, my pictures never do the grips justice, and some of you guys can make the most beautiful pictures. It may be just me not knowing how to do it, or it could be the camera. I would ask for any advice that is available.
    Thanks.

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  3. Woodnut

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    As I mentioned in the post above this one, my camera skills are lacking. But here is a Ruger .44 stock that I refinished for a friend of mine with his last name inlaid in the butt stock with crushed Mother of Pearl. (Rogers). I have some light spots on the pictures guess the lighting was wrong, I'll bet I took 20 shots of this thing, this is the best one to come out of it.
    Thanks for looking.
    As usual, all comments are welcome, good or bad.

    Be sure to check out my new Album in the link below.

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  4. Rastminikov

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    I bought some of Carl's grips just a short while ago - amazing work!

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  5. Woodnut

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    Thanks for the photos. The grips really enhance the gun. You picked out a nice set of blanks for this weapon. Also thanks for the compliments.
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    Every time I see this thread, I go back and look at all the fine work Carl does. I have to say, not only is he an artist, but a very giving and humble person who would help anyone that asked him. Thanks Carl for being a stand up guy. You are part of what makes this forum what it is. I will use your services one day I am certain.
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    Everyone knows the name "John Moses Browning," and as time moves forward, anyone who appreciates his fine and long lasting work will also come to know and appreciate the fine work that Carl does to enhance the 1911's beauty with his hand made grips.

    Most of us come and go with the winds of time, Carl, you have with your own two hands, built a legacy that will survive time. Your work will forever remind future generations of what it means to be a craftsman.

    I will forever be in your debt for having shared your knowledge and having guided me in my own grip making efforts. There is still some Will Rogers alive today, Carl never met anyone who didn't like and respect him.
  8. Dale Dugas

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    Quoted for truth!
  9. Woodnut

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    Hotsights, I can't thank you enough for your kind words. I would like to say you have been a wonderful student, and that you have turned into a professional. That's what it is all about, time and patience with persistence. You have shown all the above and have proved to me to be an excellent Grip Builder. Keep up the good work.

    Also a big thanks to Dale Dugas for his words of satisfaction with my work.
  10. Woodnut

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    Here's something a little different for me, but did turn out quite nice.
    I met this customer at a gun show, he had brought the frame for me to use in the making of the grips. He was interested in white micarta. I could not find a piece of white micarta large enough to make the grips. So after a phone conversation with the customer, we came up with Snow White Holly. To me it looks almost identical to Ivory. I delivered them yesterday and the customer was really happy with them. He said he liked them better than the micarta he wanted in the first place.
    As usual the picture does not do them justice.

    Enjoy!

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    Here is a quick look at Sam's Cocobolo grips that I finished checkering today. Again I apologize for the camera work, it does not do them justice. This piece of Cocobolo was about 6 x 8 x 18 inches, it was a really nice piece. There's not a lot of figure in it but it has a nice color. Very Rich.

    From what I am reading about photography, I am going to have to build or buy a soft box to do close up photography. Oh well that will be another venture.
    Enjoy.

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  12. woolleyworm

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    Another beautiful set ! I am looking to make a set for the P238; Going to try on some plain stuff first, make a couple of test pairs and then go for it on some nice wood. This thread has been a great inspiration , thanks Carl !
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    damn carl. Those look like they were checkered on a CNC machine! You have one hell of a steady hand and a eye for detail. Fine work brother!
  14. Woodnut

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    Thanks Josh,
    I love doing the checkering when I have time, I just can't make any money on it because it is so dad gum time consuming. At my age I can't afford a faster way (electric tool), I would never pay for it in the time I have left.
    I do a pair every now and then just to keep in practice. Sam didn't even know I was making him a set of grips, much less Checkered. It was so odd, today he called right after I finished them. He told me I needed to get back out to the shop before the woodpeckers eat his grips.
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    I start drooling everytime I look at his grips! Like you, I just know that I have got to get a pair of his grips! Just trying to put some money togeather! It's not that his grips are all that expensive, it's just that my "Gun Budget" is small, like my entire budget! There is no doubt in my mind that I will own at least one pair of Carl's grips before the end of this year! It just has to be!:D
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