A couple mallets (using osage orange)

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I made these a couple years ago (don’t remember exactly how long) using some greenish osage orange. I first learned about osage orange when I visited Pleasant Hill Shaker Village with my brother. It was growing everywhere and the interpreters had some that they were a gradually drying to be used as some sort of mallet. The “brothers” at the shaker village had the osage wrapped in plastic and would then unwrap it every couple weeks for a day or 2 and repeat. The osage was very easy to turn (even with my limited experience) while green and I think I may have used Waterlux to finish it.
The smaller mallet has a white oak handle, which was rescued from the scrap bin. It has also developed a small crack near where the handle exits, but it is so tough that it has not gotten any longer.

-- too old to rock & roll......

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#1 posted 08-27-2015 06:19 PM

Good looking mallets. I’ve got a smallish chunk of 4X4 that is osage orange. It was given to me by a sawmill because he wanted me to make a large speakers gavel. I had to give them a pounding board also because i didn’t want them to pound on their desk with the big gavel.

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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 07:33 AM

are the mallets in use?

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 11:47 AM

Yes, I’ve used both. The larger is used more and can really take a beating.

-- too old to rock & roll......

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