I Always wanted a carvers mallet. So, I went over to my sister’s, picked out a small, dry, straight piece of Oak cord wood from her woodpile and carved one. I don’t have a lathe so I think it’s coming out fairly symmetrical considering. I rough cut it on a bandsaw, Then used a plane, drawknife, and sandpaper to get it to this point. I cut a piece of mahogany on the drill press with a circle cutter and glued it to the top. I used this round piece as a guide to carve the rest of the head, hoping to get it as round as possible. Now to fine sand it, get a few blade marks out of it and then I guess tongue oil maybe. Any suggestions?
I’d never used a mallet on chisels before. In trying this one I noticed the ‘blow’ control you have with a mallet compared to a hammer. You can control the amount and depth of cut that isn’t nearly as possible with a metal hammer. I think I’m going to like this.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.