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NO ChoP!
01-05-2014, 01:09 PM
So, I've made some hidden tangs, and some split handles, but this is my first octagonal wa handle.

It was no picnic. Wa handles are deceptive in their simplicity. Getting a perfect slot, drilling perfectly centered holes, sanding metal spacers and keeping them from overheating and ruining your epoxy bond, and keeping things symmetrical are a true PITA!!!!

I'll take a western project over a wa anyday!

Materials are stabilized Oregon myrtlewood and redwood burl from Burl Source and copper spacers.

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Oh yah, the knife is a 270mm Yoshikane V2 lefty yanagi from Maxim.

PierreRodrigue
01-05-2014, 01:24 PM
Hey, thats quite nice, well done!

NO ChoP!
01-05-2014, 01:30 PM
Thank you, kind sir!

mkriggen
01-05-2014, 01:39 PM
Very nice indeed.

Be well,
Mikey

ramenlegend
01-05-2014, 01:41 PM
very sexy, the before and after picture is baffling.

NO ChoP!
01-05-2014, 01:51 PM
That's the best part of handle making; turning a giant turd of epoxy mess into something nice, lol.

daniel-san
01-05-2014, 02:01 PM
Very, very nice!

Mrmnms
01-05-2014, 02:07 PM
Great job! Finished handle contrast is stunning.

The Edge
01-05-2014, 02:27 PM
Great looking handle, nicely done sir!

jigert
01-05-2014, 02:38 PM
Really nice, No Chop! You're getting good at this:thumbup:

NO ChoP!
01-05-2014, 03:52 PM
Thanks for the kind words, gents!

Daniel, it's been a while. Hope all is well, bro!

Burl Source
01-05-2014, 07:22 PM
I would have never thought of combining those materials together, but it works.
Nice work, the handle looks great.

ThEoRy
01-05-2014, 11:23 PM
******* awesome!! I'll get there one day...

crunchy
01-06-2014, 12:32 AM
Looks great brother!

Bill13
01-06-2014, 02:24 PM
Looks really nice! I usually don't like copper as it introduces another color, and I like a simple look but with crazy burls - is that a contradiction? But you have really pulled off a great looking handle.

Dave Martell
01-06-2014, 04:43 PM
Nice work!

NO ChoP!
01-06-2014, 07:32 PM
Rick, all you need is a disc sander. Shaping is actually pretty simple, with a solid table.

Dave, that means the world coming from you, thanks!

mhenry
01-06-2014, 09:33 PM
Love that combination of woods, and the handle looks perfect good job. Should I just return the petty? I really don't think you need me

NO ChoP!
01-06-2014, 10:07 PM
Lol, thanks Mike. No, I'll take a Mike Henry any day of the week! And you know I'm a sucker for ironwood.

I actually sat my two Yoshikanes side by side and compared your work against mine. I maybe 50% of the way there, maybe another 5 or 6 handles and I'll be 70%, but I got a looong way to go to match your perfection!

stereo.pete
01-08-2014, 09:24 AM
Great work Chris!

cclin
01-08-2014, 09:49 AM
Great looking handle, nice work!! Maybe you should consider sign up for "Hobbyist Craftsman"??

NO ChoP!
01-08-2014, 11:36 AM
Well thank you.

I'm actually my own worst critic. I would really have to perfect the craft before I could even think of selling to one of you guys.

Currently, I work in the garage, after my shift, usually pretty late, as a way to unwind. An hour here and there is all I really have time for. My position can be kind of demanding and most free time is spent working around the house or with the family.

If I ever make a move away from my current position and find myself with more time, I would definitely explore my options...

I do have to admit that I fear turning something I do to relax into something more might ruin it. If that makes sense.

NO ChoP!
01-08-2014, 11:45 AM
An example. I started a wa handle a few months back. It got quite complex in design. I ran into a slight problem, and I sat the handle down, looked at it, and realized it just wasn't my style. When I've commissioned Mike Henry to make a handle, I've always went with the " less is more" style. Simple two piece handles with really amazing woods. So, why was I making a 13 piece handle?

Long story short, I walked away. Didn't even think about it again for months. When doing something for yourself, there's no feeling of obligation. No pressure.

apicius9
01-08-2014, 02:18 PM
I definitely can relate to that... Started as a hobby to relax and get away from the computer. Because of overestimating my time and taking on too many orders, it now often feels like a burden and a source of guilt for running behind. And for discussing details, posting pics, and sourcing materials, I seem to spend more time at the computer than before also... But when I do get to the shop, it still is fun to make them.

And as I said on FB, Chris, great work on this one!

Stefan



An example. I started a wa handle a few months back. It got quite complex in design. I ran into a slight problem, and I sat the handle down, looked at it, and realized it just wasn't my style. When I've commissioned Mike Henry to make a handle, I've always went with the " less is more" style. Simple two piece handles with really amazing woods. So, why was I making a 13 piece handle?

Long story short, I walked away. Didn't even think about it again for months. When doing something for yourself, there's no feeling of obligation. No pressure.

Lefty
01-08-2014, 03:10 PM
I agree, Stefan. It's a strange, wonderful, and terrible position to be in....

Looks great, by the way, Chris.

xueqi89
01-13-2014, 02:20 AM
Very nice looking, love octagonal wa handle. The color looks so good