Did both my 2-1/4 pounders, and I like how they turned out so I hope I can keep from smashing them off!! Started with a base layer of rubber (innertube), for extra cushion and to keep the glue off the haft. Skim coated the rubber with wood glue, wrapped one layer of jute, slightly heavier layer of glue, next layer of jute, etc. When I got the thickness I wanted I finished with a slightly heavier coat of glue, rubbed into every crack and crevice of the jute. Within an hour it no longer looked like oatmeal-snot. I rubbed on a few more layers of glue after the last pic was taken, filling every little void or pin hole I could find. Anyway, that's all I got... it's easy to do, and it just might give your haft a "second chance"!