Move over Grinling Gibbons. Have tools will carve. Have carved. But I don’t like the mishmash of handles that happens in an aggregated set. So I gathered up some dead ash trees and split out some blanks and turned a set of new handles. These are all my Addis tools that deserve good handles. I fooled around until I made one I liked and was comfortable in my hand. Then I had to change the size to fit in the drawer! Not much, so they are still comfortable. Notice that there are flats prominent to prevent rolling around. The ends are nicely rounded and push very comfortably. The blade end of the handle has a nice from that keeps the tension hand in position comfortably too. This handle makes it easy to sense tiny rotational movements because of its larger diameter. All in all, I put a lot of thought into them. Ah madem and Ah likes em.
I have a chunk of basswood that I am laying out a Gibbons type of vertical vegetation display set in a carved urn. It will take the better part of a year to complete because I cannot work full time at it. But I will post updates from time to time.
One of the destination drawers:
Just finished turning. Notice the split piece representing the source of the wood.
-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com