Thank you for the input guys.
The reason I drilled all the way through the ferrule on this one is I can't find where I put my small jeweler files.
But..... it makes sense as the best looking way to go.
On this practice one I cheated and picked a wood that was a color match to the dowel.
Since the body and ferule are wood to wood I used wood glue instead of epoxy on this handle.
I figured with clamping I would end up with a better looking joint.
Won't know till I start sanding.
I didn't give detailed instructions because I had a 50/50 chance of giving detailed instructions on how to do things the wrong way.
I don't know yet if this will turn out or end up as a chewie toy for the dogs.
You are right.
I also have a bunch of blades different makers have given me to mess around with. I will grind the tangs on some for Wa handles.
The more I get into this, the more respect I have for the wa handle makers.
Not something I would want to do as a job, more for my own diversions away from the daily routine.