Making a Carving Mallet without a Lathe

mallet, mallet, mullet
this is a piece of kowhai.
I am sure i’m not pronouncing that correctly
but I’m going to put a link to it’s wikipedia
page in the description.
It is a poison wood so Ned is not going to
be in this video as well as I’ll be wearing
a dust mask.
This tree was in a garden that was along a
It was hit by a moving van and the root ball
was ripped out of the ground.
apparently it is something that woodturners
really love to use.
I will tell you the end grain shows up just
wonderful on this.
BUT i don’t have a lathe so I can’t turn
So the shaping was done with a drawknife and
a spokeshave.
I used a piece of paper to mark a straight
line around the bottom part of the head.
And I sawed in about an inch all the way around.
This is how i split most of the wood out from
the handle.
I did it to the real stock on the ground.
It’s important that if you are going to
use an axe, keep your hands away from it!
for the shaping of the handle I used a chisel
to rough it out.
Then went back to the drawknife and spokeshave
to get it to the right size.
I also used a Mora’ knife to whittle away
where the spokeshave couldn’t get to.
There was also use of a card scraper too to
smoothing out everything.
For the carving i used a marking gauge to
mark bands around the top and the bottom.
As well as the counterweight, I don’t know
what you call the bottom part…
Then I used simple little hand chisels to
put in little divet shapes.
I don’t know what you call them, I’m sure
they have a name I don’t know what it is.
And I used a V-chisel on the bottom.
i then came back with another gouge and put
some edge decoration on it.
So it could continue drying out correctly,
I only put finish on the end grain parts of
I apologize that this video is a little bit
This week has been full of me putting together
another website.
another portfolio site so i can find another
I lost my one in the US finally.
Its ok we knew that was eventually going to
happen so it is now time to find one over
I did just do a carving which I filmed so
I’ll put it up like next Tuesday or so.
A fish, from the beginning of the video.
Using this and hand pressure.
But this is really nice to use.
compared to this, which is still nice to use
but as you can see a lot more refinement.
Done the same way, This was a piece of firewood
and this one will someday probably be, a lot
of it will be firewood cause it’s just not
a wood you can make spoons or any thing like
i hope you enjoyed that, please subscribe
so you don’t miss me making this next Tuesday
or any other projects that i start carving.
Please leave a thumbs up for some motivation
and please leave some comments to let me know
your thoughts or how you did it!
again, eventually I’ll make a spring pole
lathe or a treadle lathe here and try to make
a better one cause I am sure that this will
In fact I can guarantee that it will split!
I’m ok with the rustic-ness of that and
of this.
Very interesting wood, the end grain on it
is stunning.
I can see why wood turners really like it.
Alright, I hope you guys have a good week!
take care!
my blonde wood shaving mullet!
Partys at the end of this video!

19 Replies to “Making a Carving Mallet without a Lathe

  1. Think the words you're looking for is:

    Pommel – the little grip retention feature at the bottom on the handle

    Scallop – small curved recess.

    Great carving here Phil!

  2. Hi! 👋 I came to your channel by Wood by Wrigth recomendations and of course I subscribed. great video, loved it. cheers

  3. Suscribed BTW "hey from James" for the referral!

    Just curious, why did you (I think you did), make the mallet two piece? Could you just have shaped it down with the saw and shaves, chisels ect, from one piece. Also FYI I have a spring pole lathe, and I think that making this is just as easy the way you did it as opposed to the lathe. Maybe the lathe can give one some more profiles ect. Anyway, I also liked the carving and it was a cool project thanks for sharing.

  4. very cool. I'm a beginner and haven't even got started carving yet, been cleaning up the edges of my new chisel set 😕 I'm actually needing a carvers mallet so thanks for putting this video up it was helpful. best of luck to you.

  5. Good job! I like to see things made completely with hand tools I think it's very special! Thank you.

  6. Really like the sculpting, I've never tried any thing like that, never think about it, now i know what to do with those cheap odd little chisels i got from china last summer.

  7. Sorry about your job loss but remember1 door closes & 1 opens and it's always for the better.and I liked that you made the mallet without the lathe

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