I have been writing in the past few blog items about why I'm making slightly larger handles for my wood engraving tools, and how. Today I've created a more elegant handle I think, and a better size (yesterday's was a bit over sized and clumsy).
I next need to test it, especially with the little finger space I've created, then create some more based on this in Beech wood, then, when I've got a design I'm happy with, create in more elegant woods like Walnut etc. And I can turn and fit them for others, in this or other sizes, or to fit a particular tool / short tool etc., if interested.
Here are some photos of the handle attached to an EC Lyons metal tool - the wood is Beech and still bare wood, I haven't had time to apply a finish yet.
As stated yesterday, I'm not putting a high finish on these just yet as they are test pieces, so expect to see a few tool marks, which on 'production' items will be dealt with more carefully - and remember these are only 3.5 cm in diameter so any tool marks are actually quite small!
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