Tools. That's the name of the game when the game is woodworking. It takes about 2 seconds to figure out that you don't have the right tool for the job. The first tool I needed was a shaving horse, to go with the new drawknife that I had purchased. So I build one, it is crude, too big, it is bulky and I sweat like I am running a marathon when I use it, but it's done, at least for now, I have changes in mind, maybe later this week.
After painstaking work, though (far too much work, need to find a better way), I had a piece of white ash, shaved down to about an inch thick, and seven inches long. I won't bore you with the details, but after even more work, and again, I have to find a better way, I had my very first wooden fan. I learned a lot. I learned about hinge point thickness and about interlocking hinge size. I learned that splitting the wood is pretty easy, but you need to get it as thin as you can. I also learned that some soaking in water before bending is probably a good idea as well. But all in all, a fan is a fan, and I can only improve from here!