I have a saucepan that was my mother's. The wood handle has deteriorated over time and I want to replace it with the same contours as the original. Basically, it will be coves and rounded high places (can't recall the term for it). I have some cherry that has been in the dry for over a year. I could cut a rough piece and dry it in the microwave, weighing it as I go. What is the best way to make a template to duplicate the contours? The original finish was a black paint that soaked into the wood but has worn thin in places from years of use. Recommended finish? I have some ideas for the template but wanted to get input from the experienced turners here. Thanks in advance.