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
Step 2: Burning , Brushing and Assembly
The head is coated in paraffin and metal bands bind the head to keep it from cracking during the climate change from japan to here. I remove the metal bands prior to burning the wax off the head. The top of the handle is shaped with a saw and then it is also burned. When both are cool enough to handle I brush them with a wire brush going along grain of the wood. Slide the head on to the handle. The handle is slightly wedge shaped at the top so the head only fits one way properly. Pressure fit the head by repeatedly dropping the top of the handle vertically on the ground. This will force the head to wedge itself securely to the handle. Pre drill and drive screws to secure head.