I’m back to working on the Ants Miseretto after a hiatus. I’ve been wracking my brains trying to figure out what should go on the other side handle scale, and I’ve finally decided.
Above, I’ve drawn on a knothole and the beginning of some wood texture, being cognizant of where the gold ants are. I used a white permanent marker to create a surface I could draw on, since the slick shibuichi surface doesn’t lend itself well to that.
Here I’ve begun “sketching” in the lines I drew with a graver, and begun carving the wood texture with a carbide ball burr. You can see the fresh shibuichi where I carved the surface patina away, and below that I gave the fresh metal a quick and dirty patina to see how it is progressing.
I’ll look at this for a couple of days to see if it is finished, or if I feel that it needs something else.