Got to spend some more time in the shop after I put the kids to bed. I continued shaping the chop and here is the result….one nicely beveled chop, using chisels and the Nice Ash block plane. A deadly combination—that poplar never stood a chance.
By the time I had all the bevels done (30minutes!) I realized I had time to go for flattening the sides, and I ended up with this:
I am very happy with the results. Got a little workout in and finished the chop’s shaping. So I started in on roughing out the handle on my new carving mallet. 30 minutes later, using a utility knife and a 1″ bench chisel I have something that resembles a handle, but is superbly fitted to my hand. It feels so good in fact I’m kind of freaked out that I pulled this off. And I still need to finish shaping it and sand it, etc…
Kind of crude looking, but hey, I don’t have a lathe and I just have to shake my head in wonder at how well I lucked out with fitting it. Just weird. I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, eh? Boy that cherry is delicious to work with. As much fun as I’ve ever had with sharp tools.
And just for giggles, you can see the cut off, drunkenly off-kilter there next to the mallet from which it was removed.