Here are a couple of mallets.
The top one, I didn't really make it, I restored and transformed it. I found that really strange big rosewood mallet at a flea market. It was a really strange design and I never understood what was the initial purpose of that mallet.
It is quite heavy, it has on one side a lightly curved face, and on the other side a semi spheric face. And the strange thing was that the handle was not set in the middle of the body, but was asymmetrically set on the flater side of the body (you can see the previous location of the handle on the picture).
The tool was not balanced at all, so I cut the handle and put it in the middle, because I wanted to use is at a regular mallet. (It's a sacrilege to modify an old tool like that, I know, but ...)
If someone has an idea of the initial purpose of this tool, I would be happy to learn !
The mallet on the bottom, I made it, it is lighter, made out of beech for the head and ash for the handle. The faces are covered with leather.
Always great presentations in your photos ... Your tools are artwork. If you had the time ~ You could do a YouTube Channel showing them being made and would have thousand of views per week! :-) CHEERS!!
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and obviously I have no time left ....
By the way I already have a Youtube channel, but no much success so far
Those are nice. Your creativity and craftsmanship deserve to be recognized! The same goes to all the builders!
Youtube is by default, preset to the user's country of residence, thus limiting the accessibility of foreign content. Unfortunately most users do not set content location to "Worldwide".
Very nice work on the mallets.
Regarding the larger mallet where you moved the handle.
I have seen a few old hand made mallets designed for working soft metal (brass, copper) down into wooden bowl molds.
With the rounded end offset on the handle it can get deeper onto the bottom of the bowl form without banging your fingers.
I believe they call it metal forming but not certain.
Christophe Mineau (03-05-2017)
Thanks, maybe you'right with metal forming, I was thinking also about leather or felt forming, but still not sure.
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