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Mallet Swap 2014 (TROUT SLAYER)

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Project by Mr. E posted 07-02-2014 04:24 AM 2710 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mallet Entry that I made for fellow Lumber Jock – Ripthorn for the LJ's 2014 Mallet Swap

Since we couldn’t research our recipient before the build, I decided to showcase where the mallet was coming from. Montana, especially the Missoula area, is full of rivers, fly fishing and beer.

1- Bottle Opening mallet accompanied by Trout Slayer beer
2- The “River Runs Through It” pose
3- Mallet Head includes a magnet to catch the cap as it drops
4- Parts before assembly
5- Through tenon at the head
6- Cool quartersawn grain and handle shape kinda look fishy to me

Made from Quartersawn White Oak, Claro Walnut, and patina’d – Hammered Copper

Great experience for a first time swapper.

Cheers
-PAJA

*Included in the shipped package were 3 bottles of Big Sky Brewery Beer (Trout Slayer, Moose Drool, and Summer Honey) a DAD’s root beer, some brass pieces, some lil chunks of rosewood, and some Montana made candies





14 comments so far

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Sanding2day

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#1 posted 07-02-2014 04:55 AM

Very slick Paja!! Great mallet with a great deal of character. Certainly the first I’ve seen with a bottle opener :) Very cool!! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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john2005

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 05:08 AM

Pretty clever PAJA! Love the look and the function

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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BigRedKnothead

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 05:37 AM

Very original. I dig it. Well done man.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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489tad

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 11:14 AM

That is cool. Wow. I like it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 03:05 PM

This has to be the greatest mallet ever! Absolutely love everything about it. LJ Ripthorn is one lucky dude.

P.S. Norman MacLean’s little compendium on fly fishing and Christianity is my all time favorite. I often re-read it before the start of trout season each year.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#6 posted 07-02-2014 03:22 PM

It’s not superior craftsmanship … it’s art. Love it, and love the back story. That makes the piece.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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Mr. E

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 04:08 PM

Thanks for all the kind words fellas. The mallet swap produced some bad ass hand crafted tools that will bring smiles for many years to come. Glad to take part

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mcoyfrog

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#8 posted 07-02-2014 06:38 PM

Way cool wood, fishing and beer what more could you ask for

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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sras

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 10:52 PM

Nothing better than an artistic tool! Kind of motivates one to take their work to the next level.

Beautiful mallet!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Mean_Dean

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#10 posted 07-03-2014 12:02 AM

Dang dude, where do I sign up to get one of your mallets?!

Seriously though, that’s a great looking mallet. And I’ve never seen a bottle opener on one before—a first!

-- Dean

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GMatheson

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#11 posted 07-03-2014 02:44 AM

It’s the Swiss Army knife of mallets. Amazing craftsmanship and really creative customization

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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Mr. E

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#12 posted 07-03-2014 03:10 AM

So many things I wanted to do/give so I tried to fit them all in one piece!

Dean- all you need to do is sign up for a swap and see what you get! It’s a fun time surrounded by an amazing talent pool of craftsman.

Thanks again for the comments. Please check out the others entries and leave some feedback for them too.
LJ's Mallet Swap 2014

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#13 posted 07-03-2014 03:11 AM

Excellent, really nice on a lot of levels.

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palaswood

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#14 posted 07-03-2014 09:12 AM

This one gets the award for most creative I think. Bottle opener… genius.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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