The hammer took form when I decided to rotate the briar I was working with. Most of the briar blocks are rectangles with a corner cut off at a 45 degree angle. This results in most pipes are longer than they are tall (right now I am not including the stem in the dimensions). The hammer is the opposite, it is taller than it is long.
I did a four step stain using black, red, black and then rubbing down the excess with denatured alcohol to tone down the black.