This is a series of pictures as the work went along. Mark thought it might inspire others to give it a go. This is the third western handle I've done. I want to try a Wa handle next.
The handle wood is from a tree that fell on a friend's farm. I made a couple of knife magnet bars out of the same wood.
The big block of cocobolo I bought from a lumber mill for $8 and flattened it with a chainsaw and sanded it down. I refinished it 3 times because I screwed up 2 times. I use it as a small table on my patio.
The half round thing was a lucky accident. I was talking to a guy about his farm and he said he has a lot of cocobolo on it. I ask if he'd like to sell some. He reached into a horse stall and pulled out this piece from under some hay and dirt and gave it to me. It looked like nothing, but it was free. It was too small to make a handle out of, so I thought I'd make salt and pepper shakers. Once I sanded past the outer layers, I got to this cool looking tiger striped business. I was making a spoon rest for my wife at the time, so I thought why not make a knife rest? If I had enough to do it, I would have put this wood on this knife instead.
My finish is a couple coats each of diluted shellac to seal it, teak oil, then tung oil. A day to dry between each coat of oil. Then I wax it with Carnuba wax using the Beal buffing buffs.