Thanks everyone for your support!
Originally Posted by FastTalker
It'd be cool if you could wrap the weave around the whole handle.
All the way around would be great but would take forever so i'm going half way around for this first shot.
TRAGEDY: The more i sanded I found the middle of the paddle to be mostly grey and porus. I guess the tree got an infection? Anyway, the back of the paddle is now ugly and discolored... i'll post a shot of it but there's no way it will stand up to a mash. Bummed out but looks like i'll be staining and hanging when its done. Trudging on.
Here's some pics from tonights work on the weave grip.
First things first to lay out the grid. Going detail small on it so my spacing is 1/4 inch.
Next is to hit each intersection with a constant flip-flop of horizontal and vertical marks.
Then drilled holes in the middle of each square. Had to mark each one with a point to be sure i hit it.
Now time to get the hand tools out. Making stop cuts following the horizontal and vertical markings, then just a diag cut into each horizontal.
Stopped for the day.
After all the initial cuts are made is to clean up the spaces in the middle of each strip, round over the tops and get some texture going.