Turned handles #1: New Carving and Turning handles

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Blog entry by Dan Krager posted 02-19-2013 12:52 AM 2784 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 01:38 AM

Beautiful, I wish I could turn like you do.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 03:25 AM

Wow… Absolutely Wow… I have a set of six chisel handles I’d like to turn, but resist because making them match is beyond my confidence rating. Your work is inspiring!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 03:42 AM

I’ve developed something of a wood handle fetish since buying my lathe and I’m working my way up to your skill level, well done.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 02-19-2013 04:58 AM

Wow, Nice job thanks for sharing

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 06:21 PM

Wow Dan, I’m impressed you have been a busy beaver! That will be a sharp set! ( pun intended)
An interesting form for a carving handle. A cross between the pfiel and the usual smoth handles. I can imagine the hexagon shape wold add control to the grip.

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire,

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