I making a baskety/bowly *thing* which will have a wooden handle, it's a piece of Gorse.
I've stripped off any bark and soaked it in hot water and bleach and it's now drying out.
The question is, do I treat the handle any further and what with? Varnish, wax, something else, or just leave it natural: are there any sort of conventional procedures for wooden handles?
The glaze is likely to be pale rather than dark - not yet reached an exact decision on that one.
Pic below, the finished handle will be about an inch shorter at each end.
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