Step 5: Re-cover the handle

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I really wanted to cover the handle with the original covering, but unfortunately it was too brittle to save.  I had some really thin leather (vegetable tanned deerskin) from a previous project that worked out fine.  I coated the glued-up handle with carpenter's white glue and tightly formed the thin leather around the handle, trimming it along the same edge the original covering had been trimmed.  Once the glue had cured, I dyed the handle and hung it to dry.