My Hammer Has A Handle
I got the handle completed on the big 5 pound hammer Kainon and Brian made for me earlier in the Fall. I was lucky to score a free piece of Ipe wood at one of the Balcones Forge Organization meetings and I used a strip I cut from that to make a really nice handle. The wood is dense and heavy, the perfect material for a hammer handle.
The wedge is made of Texas Ebony, which in this case is very light colored. The scrap I have is mostly black, this thin slice is the only light bit in the piece. I had not heard of this particular type of wood until recently when I bought it at Woodcraft Supply here in Austin. The ebony is very dense and hard, has a tight grain, and doesn’t split easily, making it a good choice for the wedge. Kainon made a couple of metal wedges at the forge and I used one of those to complete the handle.
I finished the handle with some linseed oil and fine sanding to make it very smooth and splinter free. There is nothing like catching a splinter in the hand from a poorly finished handle. The shape turned out very well, I tapered it back to make gripping it easy, the size is perfect for spinning the hammer to access the faces as needed. Even though it weighs in at about 5 pounds, the handle makes using this guy a breeze. I have already forged a few pieces with this hammer and I am getting better every time I visit the forge.
I will be heading to the forge tomorrow to play a bit more with my new hammer, wish me luck!
Thanks as always for dropping by and have fun making stuff with fire and metal!!