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A lot to learn based on the inspiring photo's I seen in the mallet swap, but first one made and had much fun today doing it. Weighs a little over a pound, Maple & Sapele, filled with treasure. It'll get sent to a woodworking friend in the Navy for testing.
 

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That's beautiful.
As a wood carver, I have to throw some rocks.
The head is too long, front to back.
The handle looks(?) too skinny.
I beat the bejeezlies out of my big gouges with a 30oz lead core mallet,
just waiting for something to break. So far, so good, but that means very little.

It is useful to be able to choke up on the mallet, to hold the head, for the tap-tap-tap things.
Little stuff = dowel pegs and so on. Your shape doesn't work for that.

However. You clearly have the wood skills to make anything.
And for that, I salute you.
 

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Thanks for the comments and esp the RV advice. Head is 6 1/8" lenghth at top, but also driven by handle size. Filled the middle section with ~$1.80 of pennies with (4) 3/4" holes on each side. I too thought I'd made the handle too skinny (1" x 1 1/8" square at top) after cutting/sanding some out...lessons learned.
 

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Thanks for sharing your work! I won't make any critics, I think each of us has a style of its own. It's clear you put a lot of effort, your friend will love it
 
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