I'm hoping to get my submission posted within a few day's. providing I can figure out how to get it done.
Glue is alway's a messy thing to deal with, so I sympathize.but you mite be surpised how little glue is acctualy needed in such case's.I certainly didn't get it right at first,that's for sure. your right, taking any bark off would have been tragic,there's no way to fix that and make it look right,that I know of.
as far as the bolster goes,your right again, many of the sgian dubh didn't have one because most were made by common folk for every day use.it was only the one's made by cutler's that did have them, for the most part,and were expensive.
regardless,I still think it's a nice piece.well done.