Woodcarvers and those who chop a lot of dovetails know the value of a well-balanced and sturdy mallet in hand. If you’ve ever considered making your own mallet, Janet A. Collins will walk you through the process in her article, “Turn a Better Mallet.” It’s our AAW feature article for this issue of Woodturning Monthly. Even if a good mallet isn’t an immediate need for you, you might appreciate the opportunity to work on your spindle-turning skills or to plan and glue up the perfect laminated blank from offcuts in your scrap bin. Staying busy and creative at the lathe, in whatever form that takes during these quarantined days, can bring peace of mind. I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this: there’s never been a better time to be a woodturner.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal