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#1 posted 02-07-2011 12:03 AM

I would discourage you on burls. The internal integrity of burl wood is often questionable. It may not stand up to the force of being used as a mallet. With burl you never know.

I’m a exotic wood fan and I would seriously consider Lignum Vitae. Be advised that it is very heavy and you may want to mix it with another wood to keep the weight down. It is also the hardest wood around with a Janda Index of 4000. It is also very pretty when properly finished. Finally, the aroma it releases when being cut or turned is amazingly nice.

FYI – Lignum Vitae was, at one time, the wood of choice for the clubs used by British Bobbies (policemen).

Other exotic options – Cocobolo, Bubinga or Goncala Alves (tiger wood). All are solid, hard and pretty.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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