I am currently making a handle with quince for the shown Hiroki Maru 100 monme (375g) gennou. The bark is kept on for anti slip and the curve is just superb. Japanese gennou has one side flat and another slightly convexed (called kigoroshi-men = fibre killing surface) to sink the nail head. Since kigoroshi side is only slightly convexed, it is hard to tell which side is which if the handle was straight. By using a slightly curved handle, you can tell which side is which without checking.
The material is not completely dry yet, so I will proceed slowly and let it dry. Idealy it is better to dry for couple years, because although the moisture between the fibres will dry out quickly, the moisture contained withiin the fibres will take long time to dry. But life is too short I can't wait that long!!!
I will be making hopefully couple of handles for Masanari chisels with this material as well, as soon as the chisel heads and the suiting hoops and ferrules arrive.
Good tool making take long time(^^) With good tools around life could never be boring.
I will keep adding the making process as I proceed.
Finished attatching the handle today upon request from the buyer of this hammer head. I never thought anyone would be interested in such an expensive hammer, so this handle was made for myself.
It is only about 1/3 inserted at the moment. Please choose dry days and tap the butt of the hammer to further insert the handle, one mark per day. When the tip of the handle reaches about 5mm inside from the other end, apply oil and let the wood grow back. This way you won't need any wedge to tighten the handle.
Gumi handle for 750g Tenryu Hammered Finish Daruma. This type of handle takes much more effort and attention, so I'd have to ask for quite a bit, but if you'd like I can make one for you.
Traditional curved handle. Can be made straight as well, and that would be slightly easier.
Wider end at the end of the handle.
Kurigata-e (Chestnut shaped sectional profile.)
Latest Gumi handle, which came out really nice. In this photo you can see the high sheen of the Gumi material.
Seasoned Eihachirou head. Changing the White Oak handle to a Gumi handle.
I lowered the quality of the photo too much! It doesn't look half as nice as the real stuff.... Looks so dry.