So this thread is partly a chance to brag, and partly a request for ideas.
I found another estate sale wood stash this past weekend. The gentleman who previously owned this wood apparently made wood jewelery. It had obviously been neatly organized at one time, There were empty shelves labeled "Ebony, Cocobolo, Rosewood" etc... but the estate sale company had dumped it all in brown paper bags in no particular order, and sold the bags for a few bucks each. I bought enough to tightly fill one of those cardboard office-paper boxes, for all of $16.
It's a mixed lot. Some of it is definitely useable for handles: several good sized blocks, a bunch of 3/8 inch slabs that will make good handle scales. But there are also lots of smaller bits. Some is wide and thick enough for handles, but too short. Other pieces are thin stock, narrow strips and wide flat (1/8") pieces not much thicker than veneer.
So what should I do with the odd bits? It's high quality wood, just oddly shaped.
Here are some pictures. taken on my washing machine, for some reason.