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Project by hairy posted 11-15-2019 07:01 PM 355 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Swaps are a good thing, everybody wins.

My inspiration is a mallet I found in an antique shop somewhere. I’ve never seen another like it. It was made from a section of tree trunk, off center from the pith. Every side is end grain, took me a while to figure that out. I had a good sized limb of red mulberry I cut in Northern Kentucky about 9 years ago. It’s a little smaller than the original.

That’s a replacement handle.

I also made a ball peen hammer in osage and walnut. I’m going to make one of those for me.

Once again, saved by the wood jaws.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...





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Ivan

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#1 posted 11-15-2019 07:22 PM

Nice work, nice shape!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-15-2019 07:25 PM

Excellent work Hairy! I REALLY like the bo’dark ball pein. That’s unique and I can imagine it being quite handy on the bench :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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JD77

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#3 posted 11-15-2019 07:41 PM

So on your inspiration piece, does the grain run diagonally to the faces in both dimensions to get all end-grain? I can see how that is mind-bending at first.

That mulberry does look nice, good job.

Your logo is a great way to sign a swap piece, I may need to work on one. Is yours inked or burned in?

JD

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hairy

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#4 posted 11-15-2019 07:52 PM

Here’s all 4 sides.

I think the bottom of the mallet head is the bark side of the tree. It must have been a big stump.

My logo is burnt on.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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hairy

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#5 posted 11-15-2019 07:55 PM

OOPS!! double post

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#6 posted 11-15-2019 07:59 PM

I didn’t notice the endgrain in the initial pictures on the Mallet Thread. That is SO COOL!!! If that wasn’t enough, you made an osage ball peen hammer just because you could. Nice work.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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hairy

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#7 posted 11-15-2019 08:06 PM

Thanks!!

For the swap mallet, I didn’t have a piece big enough to do end grain on all sides. It has end grain front and back, edge grain on the sides. I wish I had some big stump pieces.

Here’s another view of the mulberry mallet. The front and back are basically the same grain, as is the sides.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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jeffswildwood

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#8 posted 11-15-2019 09:48 PM

I love the shape of this mallet. Very nice! The ball peen bonus was a nice touch also!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 11-15-2019 09:56 PM

Another wildwood liking the unusual shape of this mallet.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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anthm27

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#10 posted 11-16-2019 12:37 AM

Sensational, and so different than the Norm
Great work

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 11-16-2019 01:13 AM

Such a nice shape for a whammer.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 11-16-2019 02:55 AM

Nice, Hairy! First time I’ve seen a mallet like that.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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KelleyCrafts

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#13 posted 11-16-2019 06:51 AM

Great job Hairy! Nice spin on a mallet for sure!

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Bill Berklich

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#14 posted 11-16-2019 07:40 PM

I really like both the shape and the grain. Nice work

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#15 posted 11-18-2019 11:16 PM

Really nice Hairy! I like the pyramid shape. Looks handy!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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