I prefer Hickory for all my chissels and gouges. Sometimes I will put a 3/4? copper pipe cap on the ends or glue a piece of leather on them for a soft tap.
Yes, I would agree! Use a dense hardwood, which will prevent splitting if you strike the end with a mallet. I use White Ash for most of my handles and wood mallet heads. Up my way (southern Ontario) we have plenty of dead Ash trees available, which have succumbed to the Emerald Ash Borer and so will have plenty to work with for the next few years!
Paul Jones (Nov 30, 2016)
In any event I have to concur with hardwoods if you want to use wood. Around here Hickory, walnut and Cherry are readily available.
There is always the alternative of plastic. You could melt a bunch of bottle caps and force the goo into a mold. This would work for tanged chisels but I kinda doubt socketed chisels would hold a plastic handle. Plastic is probably a better choice for something that will be banged on heavily but likely is a poor choice for something where you want to work the wood with your hands. By the way you could turn the plastic handles after they set up.
Somewhere here in HMT.net a post recommended cherry; something about not being slippery to sweaty palms. And it sure turns nice. But, I helped a carver once long ago; he wanted Corian. They were socketed and ferruled.
So it all comes down to preference.
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