|Project by TZH||posted 02-22-2015 10:14 PM||1377 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
Quite awhile back, I shared some what we call “caveman mallets” here on LJ’s. One that wasn’t included in that mix was this one. It was a special request from a friend in OR (where we saw these in the first place in a shop in Bend, OR that inspired us) who wanted a spider getter for her arachnophobic brother.
For anyone else considering doing these for friends and family, or anyone else for that matter, they make great gag gifts and are not only pretty easy to “throw together”, but they’re also kinda fun to do.
This one, as you can see from the photos, is made from beetle kill pine. I’ve made them from juniper, too. The materials often times are taken from our “slash” piles right here on the property.
It stands almost exactly 12” from the end of the haft to the bottom of the mallet head. Slogans are limited only to one’s sarcastic imaginations.
Upon request, I routed with a dremel the wording and the squished spider image so my Buddy would take comfort in knowing this one had “already” seen some use. All were darkened to make them visible by using a Sharpie pen.
A small hole was drilled through the end of the haft, and a rawhide strip was threaded through to allow it to be hung where my Buddy could get to it quickly (it’s my understanding he has, in fact, actually used it).
Anyway, fun project.
Thanks for looking.
-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On