The blade is finished and needs a handle.
Roughing down to a cylinder on the lathe isn't terribly exciting, but the transformation to useful handle certainly is.
This is a large blade and will require an appropriately large handle.
I really must invest in a longer tool rest one of these days
I have a brass ferrule that will fit the tang end to prevent any possible splitting. The hardwood handle is strong enough to take mallet blows when necessary.
A coat of bees wax and a quick polish with a handful of shavings, and the shape is complete.
Here is the finished article:
A good test of any chisel's degree of sharpness - is in the paring of endgrain.
This one isn't too bad at all:
It may not be pretty, but it is no longer the near reject that it first appeared to be.
Happy woodworking to all.