So I squared up two pieces of maple and marked out some joinery.
|Already looks a little like a hammer|
|Tenon on end of handle|
|Mortise on head|
|Length of mortise aligned with the chopper's eye|
|Nice and square with clean walls|
Then to the handle. After sawing the tenon cheeks ...
|Cheeks sawn, ready to saw the ends|
|You can see the extra space for the wedges|
I used a small ball peen hammer as a model for the handle shape, made cardboard templates and transferred the shape to the wood.
|Shape for the thinner aspect of the handle marked out|
|And for the thicker aspect|
|Handle shape roughed out|
|All cleaned up|
|Head rounded and ends chamfered|
|The finished and shaped joint|
|The completed hammer, with hanging hole|
|Hanging out in the dark|