October 29, 2012

Wa Handle Update 2

Just a quick pictorial update on the wa handle progress...

In the following shots you will see the removal of a hollow bolster to prepare the tang for conversion/ reshaping into a traditional stick tang (Wa).

  • Using a ceramic 36g belt at low speed, we remove the bolster slowly. 

  • Once the bolster has been removed, we use a 220g belt smooth and condition the rough grind to prepare for final shaping.

  • Preparing  five pieces of stabilized burl by trimming it down to within an 1/8 of its final dimension.

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