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Posted on What kinda wood should I use?

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 03:14 AM

If you want a tough, attractive and also traditional mallet, use the bottom end of a dogwood, the head being turned from the root ball. Because dogwood is slow growing and hard, the intertwined grains of the root ball make it very wear resistant and shock proof.

The mallet in my avatar is one I carved from a dogwood tree (couldn’t get the root as it was intertwined in the oak it was growing next to). Just used a saw and a draw knife. Don’t have a lathe. It is some hard tough wood!!


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