My son Joey has been playing with 1911 scales, learning to build them with a variety of materials. Today, he brought over some of his handiwork. You can click the picture for a bigger version.
The top pistol is his Springfield 1911A1, the GI model. It's parkerized and his new grips are made of poplar. I think that the light wood contrasts nicely with the finish of the frame. The pistol on the bottom is my Kimber Custom. He found a piece of stag for the scales on that pistol.
They look good, don't they?