Well today we are getting pounded with 12-16 inches of snow. With nothing to do really, and the state pretty much shut down. I headed out in the shop and turned my attention to the handle of this saw.
In the last post I mulled making the handle out of Staghorn Sumac and some other woods, but here is the deal. With Sumac I would have to cut the tree down, saw it into lumber,dry it and then work it all up...and that is with a tree that is very poisonous...like poison oak. Pretty hard to do all that when you got some nice Crab Apple in the solar kiln and has been air dried for two years. That is a long way of saying, I got lazy.
So I used Crab Apple. I am not a big fan of this wood as it seems to lack character and figure, but it is hard. Actually hard is an understatement. The wood drills, sands and cuts like steel,so it makes a great wood to use in a handle. Anyway this is what I got done so far on this stainless steel dovetail saw. I still got a long ways to go, but its at least starting to look like a saw
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"