I use mauls, mallets and wooden hammers in my shop frequently and as they wear out I look for replacements. This lead me to think of the Appalachian people of several generations ago and how they would find a replacement. Since burls are much harder than straight grained wood it was the preferred material for mauls and mallets. I was discussing this with a woodworking friend when he mentioned someone that had an old mallet they found while disassembling a log house. I contacted them and we began to discuss burls and mallets and these designs were born.
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