How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. 1911inTEXAS

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  2. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the information. I have talked to Sarge before. He does some awesome work, and very pleasant to talk with.
    I found some of the stabilized fire box elder, I should have it in a week or so. I can hardly wait to see the beauty it brings. I am tied up this week and did not get to work in my shop. I should have more grips to post next week.
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    The photo of today is of a pair of Laminated Cocobolo With the Delta Elite Medallion inlaid in them. This a very durable wood, (shooters wood). It has no finish to wear off, it naturally polishes to a mirror finish, and is beautiful. This type is a great grip for a carry piece.

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    This is a set of spotted Bocote that is just simply beautiful with all the black lines and lighter tan grain. This is a nice wood to work with. Next to desert ironwood this may be another one of my many favorites. Working with these exotic woods is a dream come true. The finish makes them come out even more. These would be nice for a carry piece also, and a good shooters wood. I have some more of it ordered, can't wait to see what it brings.

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    Hey Carl,

    So my wife came to you for a purchase and I happened to be the one to check the mail today so guess who got a birthday gift early... :D oh thats right me!!!!! Here are some pics of the new grips on my Kimber....

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    As always Carl, these girps are AWESOME!!!! And my wife knows my taste well. Thank you for the fine craftsmanship and I am so glad I checked the mail today... early b-day presents are the best!
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    My "patent[​IMG]ed " grips on the BBQ gun
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    Kurt, thanks for the pictures they look great. I noticed you have an ambi safety on the Kimber, if the grips need cut just let me know. I can't remember if they were cut or not.
    The Kimber looks good, I am burnning up to own one.........maybe later, someday, soon :D ;)
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    Redhart, Thanks for the photos of the "patented" grips. That is some awesome work. Please show me more.
    Carl
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    Heres todays beautiful wood. It is Stabilized Redwood Burl. You don't see very much redwood with this kind of quality. It was amazing to work with and turned out very nice. The grain has some contrast and just zig zags every which way. You can almost see beneath the surface. Reminds of some agates that I polished years ago. That is another hobby that is very interesting, I haven't done any of it since I left Minn. years ago, I won't tell you when because that would give away my age ;)

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  10. TranterUK

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    Woodnut, just to say I enjoy seeing your beautiful work a great deal.

    To really make a gun look the part nothing you can add does it better than a nice wood grip. Heck, with a nice colour and grain it even beats ivory and mother of pearl in my book.
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    Sorry for no new post lately, Gustav thru a monkey wrench in my grip making for a while. Maybe I will be back up an running soon with some new posts. Probably in the next couple of weeks, or maybe sooner. I promise to have new photos for you to look at soon. Thanks for all the response to this thread.
    Carl
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    Thanks for the words of inspiration, and I agree. I am so glad that you enjoy the pictures. Keep checking, I will have more pictures soon.
    Carl
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    My goodness I don't remember seeing this thread, I am glad I didn't overlook it again, the grips are beautiful, thanks for sharing!!! Please show us more as you make them you are a true craftsman..
    Tim
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    Thanks so much for the kind words. I will soon be back up and running. When I started this thread I really wanted to tell people how to do their own customizing but I have not had the interest. Most folks just like to look at the grips and the nice wood, in which I don't mind at all. Matter of fact I enjoy the comments I get and I love to show my work as well as the beauty of the wood. Wood has always fascinated me. There is always a surprise in every piece. If I can help any one with a how to, don't hesitate to contact me, I will be more than happy to share the way I do my work. Anyone can do it. It only takes a minimum of tools and a lot of patience.
    I do plan in the future to put together a kit that will furnish every thing needed to build your own grips.
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