Carving Mallets

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Project by SuperJoe posted 10-22-2021 02:32 PM 550 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This all started when a co-worker asked if I could turn down a very old damaged carving mallet he had inherited. At the time “novice” was not an accurate term for my lathe abilities. The lathe I had was an early version of the cheap HF ones available out of China. So with it swinging between centers I grabbed a gouge and instantly learned a lot about dull chisels against old rock maple. With much sharpening between passes it came out of the lathe maybe not as good as new but with out the deep froe gouges it had. Another co-worker had salvaged some lignum vitae from stern tube bearings and supplied me with a few pieces. I went to work. It has been a considerable education getting the intricacies of wood turning to produce these consistently over the years. The lathe has changed and their shape has evolved and settled down to a tapered head with a maple stripped mahogany handle and a lignum vitae cap. Every time I come across a new (or old) wood worker I give them one of these mallets. When there’s nothing pressing in the shop I turn out a few. As long as the material is available I’ll keep making woodworkers very happy.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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#1 posted 10-22-2021 03:02 PM

So, I’ve added you to my buddy list (hint hint).

Very nice mallets!


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 10-22-2021 03:42 PM

I’ve got mine, and I love it!

Never had one before Joe’s, Didn’t really care…Then I found out how usefull they were and how often I’d actually use one…

Thanks Joe, really kind of you…

All the years we worked together I never knew just how careing and shareing you really were…

Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 10-22-2021 04:14 PM

These are beautiful! I’ve often thought of making one but have yet to get around to it.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#4 posted 10-23-2021 08:30 AM

They look way too good to hit something with!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 10-24-2021 01:47 AM

A very fine looking assortment of mallets. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-24-2021 03:16 AM

Really really pretty. Way better than my attempts!

-- Ryan/// I like chips...and sawdust...but mostly chips...with vinegar

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#7 posted 10-26-2021 12:59 AM

Love the mallet, thank you for sharing your awesome project with us today from Henrico County Virginia

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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