I managed to get these both painted and weathered. Both are coming along nicely and will be ready for the Halloween party. I'm pretty sure that I'll need to whomp some kids with the hammer before that.
I bought some leather straps and I was going to wrap the handle, but this wood grain looks so good on its own I might leave it. Notice the little spikes on the top. Maybe they need to be bigger, and I probably need a pair on the bottom too.
I have been toying with the idea of etching some heiroglyphics on two sides in a column and then cutting them out. Then I could put a light inside to illuminate them from inside out. That would look cool, but I don't know if I"ll have time to do it. Otherwise, I think Alex and Candace may just paint some glyphs onto it.