I made this mallet for my dear friend Benjamin Tullar, a giant of a man, a walking encyclopedia, generous as he is tall. He has made me many things over the years, and I attempt to acknowledge his generosity with this token of my esteem for him. Benjamin and I went to the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport last year, and we came across a pile of scrap Live Oak from the Boston Navy Yard. Were they cut-offs from the USS Constitution re-construction? I don't know, but I like to think so. Flared ash handle will never let the head fly away. The curly ash is a gift from Ian Pratt.
Copy and images supplied by Tom Curran.