Ever have one of those days? Been fighting some kind of infection these last few days, but decided to go to the shop and do something "simple". There's that word... I had earlier in the week ground and etched a 240 mm gyuto that I had forged a while ago, and thought "Hmmph, I'll just knock out a wa handle for it!" Get something done anyways Says I!
I had mentally selected the wood while I was etching the blade, so to the drawer to grab it. A nice piece of live end stabilized amboyna from Mark. I trimmed off the end and squared it on the brand shinny new disk grinder/sander, then... the French in my family would say "Maudite Marde!" What am I going to use for a ferrule? I need high end, but not blingy or over the top. Something to accent in a rich way. An ivory ferrule would be just the thing! Sweet! OK, spacers! Everything I looked at was too much. I had an idea... I needed to interrupt the lines of the handle, so how 'bout I interrupt the ferrule? So I did it! Glued it all together, squared the ivory to match the amboyna, did the opposing 45's sanded, trimmed, chamfered, and started to buff... felt dizzy... everything went white. Next thing I know I was picking my a$$ off the floor. Light headed, shaky. No good. I went inside and lay down, woke up 5 hours later feeling close to normal again. Went to get the handle... where was it? After 45 mins of looking for it, I found it... clear on the other side of the shop. Go figure! So while there was some daylight left I took a few photos pre glue up. Also a little video to show the dammy a bit. I got a sore shoulder and neck out of it, hope you like it! I'll stop now, let me know what you think of it!
I'll get the video in a later post, it doesn't want to load from Photobucket...
Thanks for looking guys, this will be available at CKTG in the not to distant future!