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    Cool The new grips are done!

    I want to thank all who shared their opinions when I asked for them concerning the new grips I ordered for my new stainless Kimber Raptor 1911. The grips are done and I received them USPS Priority mail yesterday. I am going to the gun shop in Tampa to pick up the gun(s) on Thursday.

    The grips are carved from a set of bookend blanks of stabilized spalted Maple Burl. For those interested just about any wood can be found with a burl. A burl is an odd growth on the trunk or major limbs. It is similar to a tumor growing off the tree. It is caused when a break in the bark of the tree let's in bacteria which produces an external growth at the site of the infection. A burl produces beautiful swirls and patterns within itself.

    The first picture below is of the original bookend blanks as they came from the custom wood yard. The only thing done to them was when the picture was taken water was applied to show the color and grain.

    The second picture shows the back side of the blanks. The only thing done to this side is to inlay the carvers logo coins.

    The third picture shows the finished grips ready to be installed on the gun. The grips have been done in a magwell cut with the pin covered and a left hand safety. As soon as I pick up the gun this week I will post a picture with the grips installed.

    Thanks for looking...

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    Sweet! Looking at the coloring I am reminded of the salvaged centuries old wood from the depths of Lake Superior. The grain is such that is rarely found in newer growth and the minerals from the water impart similar coloration. I wonder if Curt ever worked with any of that stock?
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    Those grip panels are beautiful!
    And I have turned a piece of oak salvaged from the depths of lake superior. Hard on the edge of tooling because of the amount of dirt absorbed.

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    Don't we have enough worries in this world without you bring up your new gripes? I mean really, with all that is going on what more do you need to gripe about?

    What?

    What's that?

    Huh?

    Oh...grips...not gripes. Oh, sorry for the misunderstanding.

    Carry on (literally and figuratively)!!!

    Oh yeah, please send a picture once she puts them on!

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    Those are beautiful. Congrats!
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    Some of the best looking I've ever seen! Congrats!
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    I wasn't sure what they were going to look like after they were finished, but I have to say, I'm impressed. That looks really good. I can't wait to see them on your gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy View Post
    I wasn't sure what they were going to look like after they were finished, but I have to say, I'm impressed. That looks really good. I can't wait to see them on your gun.
    I am very happy with them myself. The carver has been doing 1911 grips (that is all he does) for a long time and he has developed a good eye for what looks best in a set of blanks.

    Here is a picture he sent me for approval on where he would plan his cuts.

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    That is purty stuff!
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    Outright flat beautiful.
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