Where can I buy or how can I make rust resistant ferrules?
I'm interested in making my own tools for ceramics carving and trimming and brushes for decoration, using some wonderful mountain laurel branches that I have. They need to be rust-resistant because they will come in contact with water and moist clay all the time. Which is why you have to have a ferrule -- other wise, the swelling/shrinking cycle will loosen the blade or brushhead.
I'm thinking under 1" in diameter, some as small at 3/8". I don't have a lathe, so I can't turn nuts as I've seen on other searches. I've seen some neat ones out there for making your own handles for gouges, but they're really expensive. Where to go, what to do?