Hi, so here is the thing: Since I started playing around with handles, I was dreaming about making one that was round or oval wood and then wrapped in stingray leather. That leather looks good, is nice and grippy, and I am pretty sure it is water resistant I just can't figure out a good way to make it work. It is very difficult to cut that material exactly straight because it has these little hard knobs, so the main problem is to connect the two borders so that it looks good and as seamless as possible. I could also try wrapping it in a thin strip around the wood but then I would have several layers overlapping and I am worried that this would increase the surface where food stuff can get stuck and cleaning would be more difficult. I also thought about routing a small ridge into the wood (well, if I had a router...) and then sticking the two leather edges in there, but that doesn't seem easy either. And then I still need to get it flush with the ferrule if I stay with the 'classic' design, but that could probably be solved with patience and a hand file.
So, any ideas? Or is that a crazy idea anyway?