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The 33" American hickory handle is chosen from the most powerful symbol of all the simple levers: the single bit axe handle. Just looking at it makes one want to take a swing. Hickory has an inherent strength and its impact resilience provides comfort over long term use.
The handle is hung opposite as one would with an axe head because of the croquet swinging style. Extreme Croquet shots are taken with a under swings not over the shoulder. More specifically a wide grip reverse palm croquet swing (aka. "American grip"). The curvature of the single bit axe handle will also intuitively foster many technical shots. The longer length increases the power of the pendulum motion and greatly reduces the back ace from bending too far over, curses to all short handles.
The 12" head is hand selected dense bubinga wood. The density of this wood is excellent transferring the energy of the swing (giving even more power to you hit). This wood is also amazing at handling the blow by blow impact of the hit. Bubinga is designed to take it. Rich color and great grain patterns make this wood very unique and even "sexy". One face is cut at a 90 degrees and the other is cut at an angle (this is for shots in tight spots, say when the ball is up against a tree or rock).
The total weight is approximately 2 3/4 pounds.
I have two categories of finishes: one is for the colored areas and one is for the raw wood. I use tung oil on the bare wood parts of the mallet head and handle. Tung oil will protect and condition the wood. The color detailing is purposely reminiscent of the brightly colored croquet sets of the past. This color scheme will give it some flash as well as making it easier to spot if laid down in the field. The materials are high quality lightfast enamels, primer, texturized black polyurethane and a spar urethane clear coat (the clear coat is only on the colored parts, never on bare wood).
The head is hung onto the handle with a complete through mortise. After being finely fitted it is glued and hung to create the most secure wood joint possible.
Each mallet is hand made and designed to show "the hand". I purposely show some of the process and grain depth, i prefer not to refine to the point of sterility. There are variations between each mallet and each variation will contribute to its uniqueness.
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