Turning a Mallet using just a Skew Chisel

In this project, I challenge myself by turning a mallet using just a single tool, a skew chisel. It’s a practical project to give myself some well-needed practice with the skew chisel.

The skew chisel is a very versatile tool for spindle-mode turning. It can be used to make bevel supported cuts, and also as a negative rake scraper. For this video, I only used it for bevel supported cuts.

The wood is oak, from a branch that broke during an ice storm last winter. It was rescued from the firewood pile and was very dry. I had to work around some cracks, and there are some knots that give it “character”.

 

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