Over the past couple months I accumulated some nice socket chisels from Ebay and Flea Markets. I had some 720s, some Ward Masters, a Samson Hrdw, a Union, and a 3/4" Witherby (which was a real surprise since I got it for $1)
Only a couple of them had handles that were usable. So I decided to pick out the one handle that I liked the most, and pattern new handles for the rest of the chisels from it. The handle that felt the best in my hand came from a Wards Masters Chisel.
So I rooted through my wood pile and found some bubinga that was given to me by my good friend Ron Sardo (he frequents the Turning Forum here and on WoodCentral).
Here is an "in process shot"
And here is two of the completed handles.
The 6th handle in from the right is Lyptus. This is the same wood I got on my visit to Bally Block. It looked so nice that I decided to turn one handle from it. It wasn't as dense as the bubinga, so it turned a lot easier. It's heavier than beech. It was almost like a dense kind of mahogany. It took an edge well and sanded easily.
(3) of the handles were in perfect shape. I may or may not replace them. They feel good as they are.
Now I just need to apply a finish. I'm thinking some like of wipe on lacquer. Then it's on to flattening the backs and sharpening.
See ya around,