Now that he has a true cylinder, he lays out the
shoulders using an identical handle as a pattern… I
coach him to rest the pencil on the tool rest like he
would a lathe tool…
…and is taught the parting tool and calipers, cutting
the cylinder to depth at each shoulder line by
transferring measurements from the pattern to the
calipers and then to his depth cuts. Here he is
roughing out the tenon for the leather buttons.
Once his depth cuts are complete, I hold the pattern in his eye
line as he begins the rough shaping of the handle using the
roughing gouge, coaching him to keep his eye on the top line of
the turning so he can gage the fairness of his cuts.
have added a pencil line on the fat part or “bead” of the handle
as the end point of his near cove cut and the starting point of
his far cove cut. The beginnings of his learning to cut
coves and beads later using the skew.
We stop at the rough-out stage to mount the leather buttons,
leaving all thin sections thick so as to allow clamping.