This has re-kindled my interest in Indian Clubs. It is an old, Victorian style of exercise, which is probably the most effective upper body exercise I've ever done for general health, fitness and endurance. I think I'll carve some clubs in various weights and get back into it!
"Them that don't know him don't like him and them that do sometimes don't know how to take him, he ain't wrong he's just different and his pride won't let him do the things to make you think he's right" - Ed Bruce (via Waylon and WIllie)
I've carved my first piece of wood! I made a club style mallet using just a hatchet. Wood is an old pine log I found - in an urban area you work with what you can get.
“There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.”
― G. K. Chesterton
I selected a piece of green lime. It's a bit of a pain to work but seems to be quite resistant to splitting which I thought was good for a mallet. I deliberately chose a section with some side branches as I felt the contrary grain would help with strength.
I used a small hatchet (one that I can get a good, sharp edge on) and a little sloyd knife for the tools.
The handle tapers from narrow to fatter and back to narrow. I can grip at the bottom for a bigger swing or in a "choke" grip near the mallet head for more controlled work. The handle has been worked with a knife and feels smooth. As the wood is green there is a bit of tearout but it is soft to the touch and certainly won't splinter.
Small-holding, coppice and grassland management on a 16-acre site.
Someone flagged this submission as an edge case BB. BBV price: 0 Note: Could you take another pic showing your thumb and finger touching? - final product held in your hand showing that your thumb and first finger can touch