And yes, I'm still making simulated brush handles. They are a convenient size to work with, and are something I can easily relate to.
Personally I'm having great fun doing this. it is very satisfying to take a piece of wastewood from the kindling pile and in the span of half an hour turn it into something. Watching a thing take shape is quite rewarding, and while I can't see myself turning wood for a living I can see myself making shaving brush handles and other odds and ends as a hobby.