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#1 posted 02-20-2011 07:18 PM

Wonderful approach.

My needs wouldn’t allow me to go too far in the “rustic” direction, but I really enjoy how you regularly highlight for us how beauty and functionality can be brought together to our advantage without having to rely on powered equipment.


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#2 posted 02-20-2011 07:19 PM

Those are really nice handles. The idea of burning is good. The use of reclaimed nails is the climax! Give us some more ideas.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 08:59 PM

Nice handles, I do the same, but Ash or Maple is usually my available wood. Not much Hickory around here anymore. Too bad too, I love the look of Hickory.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 02:13 PM

Use what you’ve got.
If hickory doesn’t grow were you live then use something local.
I make the rustic-style handles both as part of my Appalachian heritage and as part of my commitment to Japanese ascetics, particularly the Zen principle of impermanence.

Do what you know.
I don’t turn wood. Therefore, I don’t make turned handles. If you are a turner then you would, of course, want to extend your craft into your tools.

There are many ways to go. Your choice is personal, as it should be.

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 08:12 PM

Nice handles. I agree with you hobomonk. I use what i have close at hand. have made a few handles from diamond willow for some files and such. Even made rake handle out of a birch sapling. Never got got fancy tho. But after seeing your handles i just might get creative and spruce mine up a little.

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