The first Rose handle I carved, didn’t give me any trouble,
but I wasn’t satisfied with the light color of the sapwood.
So I decided to go with the darker heartwood.
I cut some rose patterns for a couple of Roses.
I started carving a couple of flower petals, & snap! the flower broke off of the 3/8” stem.
So I decided to go with a 1/2’’ stem, & the same thing happened, SNAP!
The burly heartwood is kind of brittle.
So I reinforced it by drilling for a 1/4’’ dowel, & then everything turned my way, no more problems.
Here’s the light colored Rose.
This is the heartwood Rose, my preference. I think the light one stuck out like a sore Rose.
Now all that’s left now, is to clean up my carvings, Glue them on & apply the final finish to it.
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