|Project by Dan'um Style||posted 05-02-2010 04:58 AM||2360 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Made this cherry leather faced mallet for the Gorilla Glue contest
Made from a cherry short with a long story and a 1/8 thick leather off cut. Filled with a few old lead fishing sinkers to add balance and some snap in the tap. Its diminutive size and soft faces are designed for light adjustments.
the wood story
About 15 years ago we lived in Bartlett, Tennessee which is a suburb of Memphis. In the Sunday paper we noticed a classified ad for cherry and walnut lumber @ a dollar a board foot. Never missing a wood bargain, we called, got directions and drove into southern Memphis to take a look at it. Seller met us at an old shed across the street from an old church. Shed was stuffed with rough-cut boards of cherry and walnut. Dusty, and undisturbed for many years it really looked like a mess. Not to go home empty handed my son and I dug through the pile of lumber, finding the best of the bunch. We came up with pretty big pile, about 140 bft.
When the seller was helping us load the wood into the pickup he told us about the wood. The trees came from across the street … and once were on the grounds of the Baptist Church. He said he was the minister of the church and the trees were blown down many years earlier by a tornado. When we were about done loading he told us the trees were special, .... special because Martin Luther King had once visited the church and prayed while under the trees. Story stuck to the wood and has followed it everywhere since. I made many items from that lumber, a shaker clock, a chair, dresser, boxes and cutting boards for the save the Lumberjocks children event.
-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain