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This is how to make a club mallet from a log, Cherry in this case. A traditional woodsmans tool.
Take care when using sharp tools!!!
Saw Axe or large chisel Drawknife or sharp knife
Around 30cm long and 150mm diameter is a good starting point, but you can make it any size you like. Any hardwood is OK, Apple, Plum or Cherry is very...
Mark a circle in the center on the handle end of the log about 20mm larger than the handle will be.
I usually mark the saw at the depth at which you want to cut to, and then use it as a reference all the way around but allowing for the log not being ...
Now take an axe or large chisel and split the wood away from around the handle, start away from the circle you marked and work your way inwards, if us...
Cut off the mallet at the required length and saw off any branch stubs.
Take off the bark and any sapwood then chamfer the edges. There you have it, a simple and effective tool.
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There are a lot of good books around but I suppose the main man is Mike Abbott, often considered to be a leader of the green woodworking revival, the two books which come to mind are : 'Green Woodwork' and 'Living Wood'
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