Lomg time lurker, 2nd time poster. I wanted to use snakewood, but that stuff is super expensive, so I got a 2x2x6” piece of leopardwood instead. I cut it into two 3” chunks, and borrowed my little brother’s Mini Lathe II with an 18-piece Robert Sorby tool kit. I then realized that turning a handle is a lot more difficult than it looked on YouTube. In hindsight, I guess I should have done a
few LOT of practice pieces before doing it on wood that mattered. I don’t even know which end of the current piece would be best to put the knot in.. originally I planned to put it in the open (not held down) side, but after looking at it, it seems like that side might be better... though, honestly, I think I screwed it to the point where it’s time to scrap it and move on to another. In any event, at least I have another 3“ piece left to work on after I get better... to that point, any advice on what I did wrong or how I can get better? Resources for learning how to make handles? Anything?