This mallet is glued up around a square core of ash, and the nice straight grain of the Cocobolo makes the joints harder to discern. This mallet weighs 12 oz. overall which is a bit light but will work nicely for the smaller work and complement the heavier ones I got from Blue Spruce.
|Cocobolo Mallet with Ash handle|
I recently ordered a new plane from Philip Marcou of Marcou Planes in New Zealand. This S20a smoother is one he had made up using a local hardwood known as Black Maire. I particularly liked the fact that a Kiwi plane was made using a wood only grown in New Zealand.
This plane is one serious piece of gear, weighing in at over 8 lbs, it is VERY stable in use. the adjustable mouth and thick blade make for some pretty thin shavings one can see through - can't wait to use this on my next table top.
|Marcou Planes S20a Smoother - rear view showing blade adjuster and holding mechanism.|
|Marcou Planes S20a Smoother - front top view showing mouth adjustment screws and nice detail in front knob.|
|The new plane in use smoothing the mallet blanks for the next glue up stage - smooth baby.|