Martin Luther King Memphis Black Cherry , Mallet

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 05-02-2010 04:58 AM 4094 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this cherry leather faced mallet for the Gorilla Glue contest
Made from a cherry short with a long story and a 1/8 thick leather off cut. Filled with a few old lead fishing sinkers to add balance and some snap in the tap. Its diminutive size and soft faces are designed for light adjustments.
the wood story
About 15 years ago we lived in Bartlett, Tennessee which is a suburb of Memphis. In the Sunday paper we noticed a classified ad for cherry and walnut lumber @ a dollar a board foot. Never missing a wood bargain, we called, got directions and drove into southern Memphis to take a look at it. Seller met us at an old shed across the street from an old church. Shed was stuffed with rough-cut boards of cherry and walnut. Dusty, and undisturbed for many years it really looked like a mess. Not to go home empty handed my son and I dug through the pile of lumber, finding the best of the bunch. We came up with pretty big pile, about 140 bft.
When the seller was helping us load the wood into the pickup he told us about the wood. The trees came from across the street … and once were on the grounds of the Baptist Church. He said he was the minister of the church and the trees were blown down many years earlier by a tornado. When we were about done loading he told us the trees were special, .... special because Martin Luther King had once visited the church and prayed while under the trees. Story stuck to the wood and has followed it everywhere since. I made many items from that lumber, a shaker clock, a chair, dresser, boxes and cutting boards for the save the Lumberjocks children event.
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-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 05:17 AM

Great mallet and neat story. I hope you print off what you wrote about the wood and tuck it into those other project so as to establish provenance.

-- Gary D.

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 05:26 AM

Dan: Nice mallet

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 08:57 AM

I love the story of the wood.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 05:16 PM


It is so wonderful to give wood infinite life by re-crafting it into memorial objects.

Great Mallet.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 05:16 PM

love the mallet…and still love this story! how much is left?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 05-02-2010 07:27 PM

WOW Dan, you do come up with some toppers, man what a story. I was going to enter, but who could compete with a story like that. Great story, nice use of the wood. Nice little mallet.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 02:35 PM

Nice story, & a nice mallet to go along with it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 07:51 PM

Great story. I’m sure you can find a market with just that alone.

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 11:24 PM

A great story and a good deed. Thanks for the posting.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 06-01-2010 11:28 PM

Good story Dan and good deal on historic wood


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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 02:19 AM

thanks guys .. the little hammer is a real sweet heart. Great for light duty whacks! >grin<

My wife uses it for ice trays and other kitchen stuff.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 05-01-2014 12:35 AM

It’s great when wood has history behind it.Well done!

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