Mallet swap just ended this past Friday and this beast is what I made. The head is made of purpleheart, hard maple, and padauk. The handle is made of hard maple, purpleheart, padauk, and walnut. I made this mallet so big that after gluing the handle and head together I wound up cutting another 4 inches off the mallet head. I tried routing a star on one side but it didnt turn out right so I put a circle there so my recipient could use it as a cup holder. In the other side I carved his initials.