My first one broke before the handle passed through the head completely, so this is try number two! I used poplar wood for this project and I love working with it.
"And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else."
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
Compound mallet - green head locust, dry handle apple, tools handsaw, eggbeater drill, vice. I'm leaving the bark on for now because I think it gives better grip. If you use a pilot hole you can work from both sides drilling which was great because the heartwood was very slow going.
This was a great little project for me and my son on a beautiful weekend afternoon. We found a piece of elm (maybe?) that had been cut freshly last week by arborists about a block away from the house, this was used as the head. The handle is an nice old piece of maple with no cracks that has been dried out for who knows how long. We used a drawknife, hatchet, bow saw, ruler, and brace with 1 1/4" bit to make this beauty.
First we peeled the green log for the head then drilled the hole for the handle. I used the handle to hold the log steady while I cut the head to length. Voila!
It's a two hander for my son, but one hand for me. It is very comfortable to hold and my thumb wraps around easily.