I got a US made hatchet head at a yard sale now I need a hatchet handle and was thinking how I would make one if the s.h.t.f. have you guys done it? how hard was it? and please post pictures. I want to see some of your tomahawks also.
The prefered wood is Hickory but if your willing to put in the time find a Doug Fir sapling about 6" at the butt cut away everything that does not look like a hatchet handle, cut it so that the center of the heart wood is in the eye of the hatchet, cut it way oversize and let it shrink as it dries slowly in a dark place. trim to fit, wrap with twine and epoxy, replace as needed.
Since you are on the coast
Yew wood might work better, same proceedure, check with locals.