Ok folks, here's the scoop on September Luvs...
Steel are all fabricated and the black gloss are powder coated, gonna try to get the white and silver done later this week when I have some oven time.
I'm processing the Ti Luvs right now (like, really, just taking a break for lunch and to post this)...
One mill vise is all set up for swaging the ends of the center sections to a defined width and oval shape, so that once mitered, they meet the smaller .875 grip sections. With the Ti, I anneal the ends by heating to about 450 degrees F then into the swaging fixture it goes for a quick re-shaping. The heat allows for a smooth profiling without any stress cracks at the peaks of the oval, a common issue with aggressively bending CWSR 3/2.5 tubing into flattened shapes.
Gol' dang...she's ugly. An ugly miter angle that is.
Working on Ti Luv handles today, so thought I'd give you a table eye's view of the complexity of the dual compound miter in the center section that creates the sweep and rise for the grips. To attain this, I have custom fixturing that bolts into the vise and a removable carriage that holds the center section allowing the .875" cutter to pass through the ovalized end of the center at just the right position, which is a nasty, long, ugly miter. Of course, we mountain bikers like it nasty and long anyways ;)