I tried my first mortise and tenon wa today. I glued it all up a few days ago, and had today off to screw around with it. I assumed this was going to be easy and had visions of perfectly angled and planed octogan wa's..........
........not so much.
I have no prior woodworking experience and am teaching myself via the trial and error method. I tend to learn a lot more from my failures than my successes.
And let me say I've been learning a lot lately!!!
I rehandled my Tojiro Nakiri. It's a cheapo that I actually do like. It cuts well for the $50 price.
Knowing that I am sure to screw this one up, I went to my local Woodcraft store and bought some budget knife handle blocks. I think I spent about $20 and got (it was labeled as) African Blackwood and Redwood Burl. Neither one looked great, but they ended up being decent pieces and I've even got enough leftover to do a small wa next.
It's not straight, equilateral or even close to correct. But I'll give it a shot and see how she does. I can always go back and take a little more off later.
I do think the wood is pretty. I think I got lucky this time.
I've got Mike Henry's phone #. I'm going to call him soon for some advice, as soon as I figure exactly how much it is that I don't know.