Looks nice as a decoration, you may put it on the wall, but it is hardly functional. The handle is too straight, can easily slip out of hand; but the main thing is a wrong wood. It looks like it was made from oak (red oak?) or other large-grain wood, which could easily split under strong enough blow. From my past experience, some of the best wood for a hammer-like mallet would be either elm (interlocking grain) or linden wood (very little grain). Could be some other wood too, I simply not very familiar with local wood varieties.