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I had to make myself another pair of chasing hammers. I found a couple of obsolete auto ball joints, cut the ball shafts out of the units and turned the ends down to suit. They are the top two on the left. Nice raw material for hammers, induction hardened shell, softer center like a true hammer needs to be. The handles are from some ice fallen Hawthorne limbs, hand scraped to shape and waxed. The stick on the right is from an OLD, lilac bush, I'd like to use it for a handle too, is there any way to stabilize the rich purple color of the heartwood so it doesn't turn brown over time? I like the cream and purple color of lilac but some pieces I've had changed to brown soon after finishing, .