|Project by Randall Sly||posted 04-16-2013 10:49 AM||1703 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
Here’s my take on the classic carvers mallet and a fun re-claimed wood lathe project any skill level can complete.
Most people do not realize that a regulation bowling pin is made from laminated maple, usually Canadian maple or often called rock maple. Bowling centers change out pins for many reasons, usually just wear and damage to the plastic skin but occasionally due to poor performance and failed lamination. The plastic lamination can be removed while on a lathe however I highly recommended you skin the pin before locking it between centers. The best part for beginning turners is that half of the shaping lathe work has already been done for you. The best part for the end user is the comfort of custom made to fit handle.
-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.