Stephen Shepherd's Puzzle Mallet

PUZZLE MALLET
A historical woodworking conundrum.

SHOP OWNER: Stephen Shepherd
LOCATION: Park City, UT

    Several years ago, I saw an article in the Chronicles of the Early American Industries Association about puzzle mallets. I read the explanation given there; but after looking at the photographs of the x-rays, I figured out how this joint was really made. It was not as they had described.
    The mallet is constructed of a red oak head and a hickory handle. The head and the handle are two pieces of solid wood--no glue and no tricks.
     I have made several of these in different sizes. This one is the largest.

...Stephen Shepherd



 

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