Rustic Wood Mallet Made from Very Old Weatered Bodark Osage Orange Hedgewood. Mildly Spalted Oak Handle

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This Mallet is a one of a kind Hammer made using naturally fallen Osage Orange that is between 75 and 120 years old. The head weighs 1 pound 2.7 ounces. The mallet head is about 5 inches long by approx 3.25 inches in diameter and the overall length with the handle is approx 16 inches. This mallet is intended to be used as a wood working tool and is not going to replace that 15lb sledge Hammer of framing Hammer. Wooden mallets are often used for driving a chisel or taping cabinet frames and doweled connections together. Despite the age, bodark heartwood or sapwood as it is often called is naturally rot and insect resistant. These trees will often stand in the ground for close to a century after they have died without significantly degrading. The tree that this wood came from has been growing on our family farm for well over a century. It is by far the largest Hedgewood tree that I have ever encountered and I have purchased many grown trees and milled them for wood working projects over the years. This wood This is one of the hardest woods in the world and is in the top five hardest woods in North America. It is rated at 2620 on the Janka scale meaning that it take more than 2600 pounds of force to mar the surface. This wood is not commercially available because the trees rarely get bigger than a few inches in diameter and they quickly dull even the sharpest saws and break blades and tools. Drilling a hole for the handle dulled a brand new quality name-brand bit. If you cut this wood at night with a chainsaw you can occasionally see sparks cause by the blade teeth chipping under the s green force. Occasionally one of these trees lives long enough to grow a little beyond a foot or so in diameter. The tree that this came from is almost 6 feet at the base of the trunk ( not counting the above ground roots). I have been working with the wood for many years and its hardness and toughness make it great for hammers, mallets, strong dowels and even medium duty Anvils.

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