Friday, January 4, 2013

Lots of Mallets

Our dad has been making mallets - timber frame mallets.   He uses them and his timber frame students use them and his timber frame students love them and want to buy them so he's been making lots to use and to sell!

The mallets go from this square stock wood to these beauties here.  These mallets still need to have their bottoms trimmed.  The turned wooden handle goes all the way through the brass barrel and then they get wedged.  
 Dad masking tapes the brass so that he doesn't get poly finish all over it.
 The tiger maple ones get dyed - only the tiger maple ones. The rest are their natural color.
 This is dad's lathe that he uses to turn his mallets on. 
 The woods are pear and apple and cherry and oak and black locust and walnut and hickory and tiger maple.
 They have their first coat of poly finish on them.   They get at least 5 coats before they're all done. 
We'll make sure that we take a picture of them all done so you can see. They are truly works of art.

Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful comments about Dauby.   We miss her.

So until next time.............

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly


Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Those look awesome and bought back memories for mom...she did woodworking all through high school (one of the first girls to do it way back when) and she loved loved working on the lathe. I bet each and every mallet will be treasured for life.

Molly The Wally said...

Wow how clever is your daddy. We think they are swell. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Those are really PRETTY. They look almost like Hand Bells all lined up there that way. Can't wait to see them when totally finished.

Anonymous said...

That looks like a lot of work, now being urban dogs give us dumbies and expaination of what they are for please!

Your Pals
Susie & Bites

harrispen said...

Beautiful workmanship on those mallets. I wish I could see them in person to see all the lovely types of wood. I would also love to see how they are used as they don't look like what I thought a mallet would look like.


3 doxies said...

Oh my word, those are gorgeous! I always knew your dad was artsy likes dat but dang those are amazin'!
I thinks I would has a blas in his shop.


Two French Bulldogs said...

Wow a zillion mallets. Your Pops sure is talented.
Benny & Lily

George The Lad said...

Wow will have to get dad to take a look at your post he has just got himself a lathe it's not a big one like you Dads. Those Mallets are works of art I can see why the students like them.
Happy New Year
George x

The Army of Four said...

Even your dad's tools are beautiful!!!
How cool! And you two look like a LOT of help!
Play bows,

Wyatt said...

So pretty, but we always thought that mallets were for croquet? Guess they have another purpose :D

Wyatt and Stanzie

Ruby said...

Oh, those are indeed cool guys! You Dads is so talented!!
Can't wait to seem em' all finished!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Looking forward to the finished products! Your Daddy is a talented fellow. So sorry to hear about Dauby.
BabyRD & Hootie

Jeanne Pursell said...

Our dad would love to have all that cool woodworking equipment!! He loves to do woodworking...making candleholders and ornaments and stuff. Those mallets are beautiful already and they aren't even done yet! Love those snow zoomies you are doing in your header! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Priscilla Phang said...

Wow! Those mallets are awesome. Your dad is so talented.

Milo Robinson said...

You have a very clever dad!!
Love Milo :)

julandmatt said...

Wow, your dad is quite talented!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

The mallets are so beautiful. Your dad is always so busy- how does he have time for this?

Alien said...

So talented!


STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Mitch and Molly, jeez your Dad is just so bloomin clever. We love the mallets. Also we missed your last post and wanted to send our love on your sweet Dauby passing to the Rainbow Bridge. Bet Maggie was glad to see her. Hugs to all.
No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

KB said...

Your dad is simply amazing! They look beautiful, and I can't wait to see them when they're finished!

Clive said...

Those mallets are amazing! Your Dad is so talented!

take care
Clive & Murray

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I think those mallets are just beautiful Sue!!! Can't wait to see them all finished!!!

Anonymous said...

Those are gorgeous mallets! What artistry and attention to detail your Dad puts into them! Mom wanted me to ask you how the mallets are used. You mentioned on timber butt she's still scratchin her head. Any chance you could enlighten her before she makes a hole in her head ;)

Waggin at ya,