More Mallets to keep my hand in.
I rarely do not know the wood I have or am working with...
But I am unsure of the darker timber here.
The handle is in Hickory, collected and seasoned from a local source.
Slightly spalted, which seems to happen a lot around here!
Luckily the stamp is only blurry in the photo and not reality.
Someone asked me a while back if I was basing my designs on
Japanese Mallets I had seen, the answer is Yes.
These Barrel shaped mallets feel really nice to use.
The longer shape is OK, but there is something nice
about the compact nature of their form when you swing them.