These happen to be the only thing I enjoy making on a wood lathe. And I've got over a dozen, different woods, different sizes, and all it cost me to make them was whatever the electricity cost. I even glued a couple of chunks of 2X4 together, and made 1 or two out of those for my older son. My lightest one is from a dead pine tree, it only weighs a few ounces, so no matter how hard you whack a carving chisel with it, it is less than tapping with a larger chisel, can do very delicate work, without worrying about hitting the chisel too hard. The heaviest is from dogwood, and weighs several lbs. When you whack a chisel with that, it will move. The rest are all various sizes and weights. Oh yeah, when you make one you do not need to follow any 'plans' for them. Just turn down one end for a handle, stopping and checking regularly to see hot it fits the hand, then turn down the other end until it is round. And, if you make the large end flat on the end you can stand it on end. Why buy, when it is so very simple, and inexpensive to make. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-Two-....c100290.m3507
I probably should have posted a picture with this, but just go look up carving mallet if you are not sure what they look like.
One of these days, when I have nothing else to do, I'll make me a small, simple, wood lathe, just for the purpose of making carving mallets.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.