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Forum topic by jinkyjock posted 01-07-2016 02:54 PM 1149 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2016 02:54 PM

Last night I received a belated Christmas gift from my brother.

Apparently it got temporarily lost in the postal system,
but thankfully it finally arrived undamaged.

As you can see from the logo the mallet was made by
Blue Spruce Toolworks of Sandy, Oregon.
Hence the “Far-Travelled” headline as I reside in Scotland.

The mallet is 8inch tall and weighs 13ozs.
The head is made from Quilted Maple, and the handle from African Blackwood.
It is put together with the attention to detail and quality you would expect from what I believe to be a well-regarded small family business.

The head is infused with acrylic polymer resin to give greater density and a more durable finish.

I am absolutely delighted with my new “Toy”, from Oregon to Scotland to my little workshop.
And I would be interested to hear if any other LJ’s have a story to tell, happy or otherwise,
about wood-related Christmas gifts.

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#1 posted 01-07-2016 03:00 PM

That is a nice looking mallet and a good Christmas present. I have had similar experiences with the US postal service. Sometimes they loose things, I am glad that yours arrived.

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 03:03 PM

Nice tool, nice brother, and nice that the postal system finally came thru with it !

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 03:05 PM

Sweet looking mallet. I have been thinking of making one for myself for a while now. Your brother did well.

-- Sam

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 05:07 PM

Yes Guys,
my brother and the post came through.

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 03:32 AM

I have a wood related Christmas gift story. I am in the finishing stages of building my new shop (been a year and a half journey) and am about to build a new workbench. I have been eyeing the Criss Cross leg vise attachment from Benchcrafted for quite a while.

On Christmas day, my son handed me a piece of paper with a picture of the Criss Cross from the website with a note, which said, “Dad, due to money being short, I could’t order this until December 22, and when I did, I found out that they close down for the Christmas holiday, so it won’t even ship until sometime in January Hope you like it, Merry Christmas!”

I give the boy this, he has good taste in gifts, and he tried his best. Can’t wait to receive my gift, it will be Christmas all over again :)

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 08:17 AM

David Taylor, what a great story.
Definitely worth waiting for, doubly blessed this Christmas.

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#7 posted 01-08-2016 02:45 PM

Gr8 story with a happy ending. This is a beauty.

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#8 posted 01-08-2016 03:33 PM

a good friend of mine just bought that same mallet at a Lie Nielson show, and it is an absolute beauty! Almost too pretty to whack a chisel with.

I started a thread for a great hand plane centered christmas gift my father in law gave me this year, link below.

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#9 posted 01-08-2016 08:39 PM

Roger, yes it is a little beauty. GregTP, that plane is a good addition to your toolbox and will serve you well.

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