With all the
discussion about carving mallets, I thought that I'd send along
pictures of a mallet that I picked up at an auction more than a
few years ago. It has a brass top and bottom, and it has round
leather strips were cut out an applied to the shaft of the
The top and bottom
appear to be cast and are screwed together. I haven't taken it
apart. It appears to be craftsman made, but that's just a guess.
Looks like someone went to a lot of effort to make a carving
mallet. I couldn't resist it - at the auction, that is.
I used a little force
and removed the 4 screws. I spread the top 5 leather discs, and
find that the shaft diameter is about the same as at the top.
I'm very cautious
about going down lower because I may loosen the grip between the
leather discs and the shaft.
However, I'll hold to
my earlier guess that the discs were put on wet and shrunk down
to the shaft, assuming that the hole was punched undersize to
Looking at the leather
disc, it doesn't appear to be punched by machine. At least the
top ones don't. That is, where the screws go.
By the way, the
leather measures about 1/8" thick. I leave the pictures for your