Well, I was desperate for tool handle stock. I
like a larger grip and more curve than stock designs. And needed to
fit some obsolete tools you can't buy standard mill handles to fit
anyway. So I decided to try the madrone.
I can't say its much fun carving it. The stuff
is slightly harder than granite. I have carved ebony that was
way easier. It just doesn't want to cut. It'll cut
reluctantly with a shallow cutting tool like a spokeshave. It
does scrape well enough with scrapers. But a razor sharp Jas
Swan 10" drawknife will hardly even bite it. You start to cut
and it just bogs. Just stops and feels like you are trying to
cut into solid delrin plastic (think football helmet) or something.
I don't really even know how long the handles are
going to hold up. Maybe forever. If I grip the tool head and
the bottom of the handle and twist with all I have, they don't even
Because the early and latewood is the same color,
the figure doesn't show like it does on maple for instance, but its
there, no doubt about it, its there.