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.