|Project by docholladay||posted 06-28-2010 04:29 AM||3064 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I’ve been wanting to make a carving mallet. I had some time to just kind of play in the garage this evening and this is what I came up with. It is a little smaller than I originally intended (thanks to some bloopers with the skew chisel). Perhaps what is most intersting about this project is the wood. Can anyone tell me what this is. I included pictures of the log still with the bark on it. This was a small tree growing in my back yard that I cut down about a year ago. I saved it purely because I was really curious about the bark. It has what looks like warts all over it as you can see from the pictures. The wood looks and feels much like hickory or pecan. I am familiar with the common hickory trees that grow here in Alabama and that is not what this is. The wood is very hard. I was really amazed at how hard it is. It polished very well on the lathe, but has a kind of porous, open grain much like an oak, but I just can’t get past that bark. I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc