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Mallet Traditionally, carver's mallets were turned using lignum vitae, which is one of the hardest and heaviest of all woods.Lignum vitae is also used for bearings and bushings, often in an underwater application, because of its durability and natural lubricants.
The source of lingnum vitae is the West Indies, Central America and northern South America.Its name is Latin for "long life", from which comes one of its common names, Tree of Life.However, when designing this particular carver's mallet, I decided to incorporate some other woods.
I chose purple heart for the handle, and osage orange for the head.Both of these woods are very hard and, when used together, they create a wonderful contrast.Hence, in spite of this particular mallet's simple style, it carries a touch of excitement with its colour.
Begin with the HeadMount a 3" x 3" x 5" square piece of osage orange between centers.Use a 1¼" roughing out gouge, and remove the corners in a few back and forth passes.Do this with the flute of the gouge in an upward position, and the handle square to the wood.
First feel the wood with the bevel, and then lift the gouge just until the tool...