got my oregon maple burl in last week...
May not be the correct place for this thread--gladly repost elsewhere if necessary, but just bought a really cool piece of Oregon maple burl from you last week so that I may attempt my first knife handle and I have a couple simple (likely ignorant) questions.
1) the knife I will be replacing the handle on is a cheapo Tojiro shirogami petty that I would like to replace the magnolia wa handle with the burl done as an octa-handle. The original wa handle has what I believe is referred to as a collar (cheap plastic). I've seen pictures of people doing without the collar and I seem to prefer this look, just curious if there is a real purpose of the collar before I eliminate it or if I should try to fabricate something--I've also seen many J-knives that come with Buffalo horn, etc...do you offer any of these or recommend other vendors if you feel necessary?
2) I've seen you refer to CA which I assume is a form of food grade adhesive? Just didn't know if it was a name brand or what...kind of hard to search for CA:>)
3) Is stabilized the same as kiln dried? Just curious as this would be the only thing I could relate to the term though I know little on the subject.
Thanks so much for the beautiful piece of wood, I look forward to doing more nicer pieces once I figure out what I am doing--can't wait to try some of the Sheoak on my better knives.