For ancient type handles,... well they're
faster to make than to tell about. I've been meaning to do this for
you guys. This project, which I did just now so you all can
see, was total elapsed time, 11 minutes, all in 11 minutes total...
I watched the clock!
Now remember this is having to use a
vise instead of a shave horse and stopping to take pictures drug
down my time considerable. Plus I'm totally out of practice,
it's been years since I made one of these!
Split you out a blank. Whatever
you have seasoned and dry on the way into the woodstove anyway, that
happened to not split as it dried. There is always at least a
short section of wood on one side or other that doesn't split. Cut
it to length, around the knots, a little overlong. Use a
hatchet if you have kindling making practice and split it out in 2
or three easy chops. Or use a froe or even a stout dull chisel
if you aren't accustomed to splitting all the time anyway.
I grabbed a piece of madrone off the
floor laying in front of the woodstove. Madrone is fairly
tough wood, it starts as nearly white or cream and ages like old
cherry if you're lucky, and grows around here like a weed. Use
whatever you have handy.
It had a split in one side as per usual
and a couple/three knots, so I sawed for length around the knots and
split it out. There was still plenty of good meat in the
middle for a simple handle.
Square it up and knock a line 'bout 2/3 rd up. Or mostly square
it up. Depends on what you think you need or need to see more than
any practical purpose. The old ones should look a little more
relaxed in style than your 19th century lathe turned handles I
think. You can futz around and get them pretty crisp if you want,
but it isn't essential by any means, is my point. Mark some rough
centers so you can keep track of where you're going. You want the
sweet spot. This where the least bark and wormholes or whatever are
lounging around. Be human cream separator as you go.