One last one...I think before the new year (likely not).
I have been playing with my new Tyton shape for the past few weeks, rotating tips, TTF, OTT, but this one I wanted to see what a Top Slot would be like. It's a fairly small frame so I only made the slot 1/8" round. I have this banded up TTF with the new Dankung 1632 tubes for BBs and a cowhide/roo pouch I am also testing, it's banded up Roger Henrie style (like he does on his hunters).
Orange osage on on face (with a Paduak maker mark), Bloodwood on the tips of the other side. A ladder of Pau Amerelo (Yellow Heart) spaced with dark zebra wood divides the zebra wood on the handle. The top and bottom of the ladder is spaced with maple veneer. I tried to line up the grain of the bloodwood with the ladder so that would have a nice visually connection despite the contrast. This is all built on top of a 1/4" birch ply core.
I soaked the sling in BLO for about 3 minutes, which changed the tone of the zebra wood dramatically, not sure if I like it, but it's darker than I am used to. Finish it with some linseed/beeswax.
Happy Holidays !!