|Project by BTKS||posted 09-01-2011 07:27 PM||1682 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
I’ve been letting my two hobbies intermix. I made these hammer handles for a bunch of heads I recovered from a rust pile. I still need to reshape the three pound cross peen on the end. All the handles are ash I saved from going in a dozer pile when a levee was being moved. The only finish is linseed oil. Some of the handles already show staining from being used around metal work. Can’t keep the rust and dust off of them, they will eventually all wind up a medium brown. They don’t take long, maybe an hour per handle. That is including final shaping of the tennon and a couple coats of linseed oil. I’m getting faster now that I’ve figured out where I like the swells and tapers. The larger handles also get a flare and a shoulder to meet up with the flat of the head. That should take some load off the tennon.
The larger hammers get a swell at the end to help prevent the hammer slipping out of your hand. That should only happen if your just going nuts with it. Seldom is that a problem in blacksmithing, usually when driving stakes, etc.
Thanks for looking,
-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)