Nathan is currently in the Teen Woodworkers class at the Greenville Woodworkers Guild. This class focuses entirely on working with hand tools. One of the first thing Nathan learned was how to make was a mortise and tenon joint using a chisel.
He used a gift card he won to buy a set of his own Stanley chisels but this meant he needed a mallet since you can’t use a hammer with the chisels.
We bought a 3×3 piece of ash to turn his own mallet.
The ash was very dry and hard and turned easily.
After he got the shape that he wanted, he sanded it smooth for a simple mallet ready to use.