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Project by jeffwedekind posted 11-07-2011 06:24 AM 1965 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece became a carving mallet by accident.

I started with a piece of vine maple, from the firewood pile. It had an interesting knot that I thought would make a great whistling mouth. I began carving the mouth and worked outward. It was meant to be a stand alone piece, just another carving.

As is often the case, it began to speak to me, telling me how to finish it. The face was just so mischievous, it seemed to say “who me” like it had just done something wrong, or was sneaking up on something. I was envisioning a fish whacker, but then inspiration hit and I came up with the mallet idea. I have been wanting to do one anyway, and this would make a great handle.

A scrap piece of cherry and some glue and here he is.

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 07:27 AM

It has a lot of character.

It looks great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 08:32 AM

I really like that. Great job.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 03:05 PM

Very cool. Now can call it the WHO brand of mallets and sell them to lots of carvers!!!!!!!!!!!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 03:21 PM

This is so cool, Don’t you just love the firewood pile?.
Great Job

-- polecat, south alabama

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 02:10 AM

That is really great. You are right it seems so right as mallet handle. However it seems too good to use. Great work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 05-19-2015 05:42 AM

Glad you listened to the Maple. Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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