I got the handle pinned, glued, shaped, sanded, and finally got the first coat of finish on it. The image on the bottom is before I put the “profin” on it. The handle is made of Koa wood that I picked up in Hawaii at the Lai’i market. I use welding rods for the pins and epoxy for the glue. I still need to sand some scratches out of the blade, sharpen it and polish it. I’ll put some more coats of finish on the handle, too.