I unwrapped it this afternoon so it had about 24 hours in the clamps . It seems to have worked well.
I will trim the edges with a hand saw before I cut it into scale size pieces
There are small bubbles on the surface (you can almost see them in the picture ) , its pretty normal for hessian 'micarta' . I normally fill them with resin or superglue once the handle has been shaped and sanded to about 400 grit.
Now I just need some steel to make the blade ..............