I have had this old hatchet with no handle kicking around for quite a while. I liked it because it is smaller than most of the ones I have seen it has the feel of a 20 oz. hammer.
We just got done stringing some new maple sap pipeline the work requires you to carry plastic pipe, various fittings, cordless drill, extra battery, wire, screw driver,hammer and the list goes on. Add to this that you are on snow shoes makes it a cumbersome job. I sometimes carry a small axe to do a little trimming but it is usually too much trouble to carry one more tool that you often don’t need. Next time I will replace the hammer with my little shingle hatchet.
The wood is ash and although the picture does not show it well the quarter sawn grain runs end to end of the handle. It took me about an hour start to finish. I roughed it out on my band saw, shaped it with a half round sure form rasp, sanded most of it with my random orbit sander then did a little hand sanding.
I can build furniture and kitchen cabinets, sometimes dabble in wood turning but utilitarian wood working is what I like best I call it fine rough work.
-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't