I finished my first hammer today. The handle is lignum vitae, a very hard wood. I ordered it as a 1" x 1" x 12" block and shaped it on the belt sander. It took a lot longer than I thought. The head seems to be on tight. I hammered it on and put a small wedge in the wood. I will need to wait till I use to to see if it stays tight.
I enjoy making tools, and using tools that I have made. As long as they are equal or better quality than ones I could buy. And of course they must look better, that's just as important.