Partly from being so busy and partly from lack of inspiration I've just not felt that creative lately but with the clocks changing and it being dark when I get home from work I've found myself drawn back to the workshop this week.
Anyone who follows my brothers blog - Sawdust in my socks will know that he has a habit of buying tools, lots of tools! and as a result he's brought himself a selection of sledge hammers, all different weights and sizes, and all in need of a new handle, no prizes for guessing who'll be doing that then!
Well here's the first one, nice clean butt ash, cleft down and left to season before being carved.
I prefer working my tool handles like this as the wood has already done its warping and twisting and I can re heave it as soon as I've finished it, as I always hate having to let it dry sufficiently.
Also got around to having a play with some walnut from a tree I cut down a couple of months back
Thinking one half of a salad server set, I love the contrast between the heart wood and sap wood. Not sure if I am 100% happy with the tooled finish, I'm hoping it'll grow on me.