I'm reconditioning an old socket chisel for my nephew who's due back from
Iraq just before Christmas. I'd like to use a nice piece of Mulberry from a
tree we took down a few years ago. The wood is pretty, it's got a little
meaning for both of us, and from the experiments I've tried, it'll be
fairly easy to shave into a handle. Not REALLY easy, but I know I can do
it. No lathe yet, but I'm getting pretty good with a spokeshave and
this is a firmer chisel. It's about 6 1/2 inches long, 1 1/4
wide, and it's tapered, as in the blade's thicker at the top. It's got the
word "Sargent" stamped in the face.
I'm going to put a piece of rawhide at the top of the handle for striking.
What I'm wondering is, will the Mulberry be just too soft for this, and not
last even a few whacks with a mallet? I don't care if it wears out after
awhile, this is my first handle and I'll just make another one out of
cherry or something. He lives close by.
If Mulberry's really not suitable, I'd like to try that hunk of Mango I
brought back from vacation. Either the Mulberry for personal reasons, or
Mango just so he can tell his friends it's a handmade Mango handle.
But then, if both of those are poor choices, I'll go get some off-the-shelf
cherry or rosewood and use that. I'd really like to use one of those two,