This instructable will show you how to make a leather Wrapped Viking / Barbarian war hammer. The one I have the most pictures of is the prototype. I make these 3 at a time and all are unique so if the colors of the leather or the handles don't match from picture to picture the techniques are still the same.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
The base I currently use for the war hammer is called a commander, a large mallet used in timber framing. These are available at The Japan Woodworker in Alameda CA (www.japanwoodworker.com).
5 to 7 oz. Tooling leather (Vegetable Tanned) or latigo
Leather dyes in the color of your choice
Antique Brass Upholstery tacks
Heavy thread or artificial sinew and needles
2" brass ring or antler crown for end cap
40' of sisal rope
2 3" Screws
30 or so 3/4" carpet tacks
Band, Jig Or Coping Saw
Propane or Mapp gas torch
Drill and Drill Bits