Front fuel shut off handle
Once the piece is firmly on the lathe, just slowly make the square piece round. The slower the speed of the lathe the better. It will be very rough when you're finished.
The next thing - make a small groove in the wood until the thickness reads 1 3/8 in. That will give you some reference as to your widest point.
Make several "measured cuts" and then whittle down everything until smooth. Now the piece is 1 3/8 in wide the entire way. Increase your lathe speed for this part.
Mark your ends and radius points. The piece is 4 in. long, so mark a center point (2 in.). From here, it will taper at a 8 3/4 in. radius until near the end. remember that pattern we made? Now is a good time to reference it. The ends are 1/8 in wide and there's a 1/4 in radius leading up to it.
Start carving. It's easier to see what you are doing when you put the blade at the botton but look at what is happening at the top. You can see the shape happening as you carve.
Since the piece of rough stock was 12 in long, we decided to make two handles.
Cut the ends flush, but leave enough wood to hold everything together. You can cut them apart with a bandsaw later. I think we increased the lathe speed one more time by now.
The ends got turned down to 1 1/4 in and given a 1/16 radius.
After the pieces were cut, Walter drilled the holes for the pin.
Three handles and the rear cockpit shutoff wheel (I didn't make that!). One handle was given a coat of linseed oil just to show the beautiful grain.
While I was making Mahogany sawdust in the other room, Walter was making a custom guitar. He has made several and I know nothing about guitars, but I do know about craftsmanship, and Walter's work was very impressive.