My good friend and Silver jewelry artist, Lynne Merchant has used a specialized hammer like the one below, designed in France, as one of her primary tools of her craft. They are no longer available here in the US. Lynne is also a renound teacher of silver jewelry making. In the past she was able to provide these hammers for sale to her students. To continue to do so, she found a machinest who was willing to recreate the hardened steel hammer heads....but she needed someone to reproduce handles for them.
She asked me if I would be able to do it. Although I had never turned a stick of wood in my career, I did own a lathe that I purchased 10 years ago, thiking that one day it might come in handy.
I agreed to give it a try for her. Below are photos of the results. It shows (7) of (14) handles that I turned and assembled for Lynne. It's a ton of fun.....And they are being bought up as fast as I can turn them out.
Woods, L to R: Cocobolo, Bacote, Mahogany