Blue Spruce Mallet

This past October I had a chance to visit Pasadena, CA for Woodworking in America West 2012. Myself and several other of my fellow Modern Woodworkers Association members went out to see the show and run the Hand Tool Olympics. Running the booth was a lot of fun and took up a lot of my time but I still had a chance to attend a few classes and visit the vendors in the market place.

One of the vendors I had the pleasure of talking with was David Jeske of Blue Spruce Toolworks. David’s chisels and marking knives are beautiful tools of amazing quality with so much attention to detail they look like they need to be on display in my office rather than on my work bench. The tool that really supprised me though was his mallets. A mallet is for the most part not that exciting of a tool but when I picked up a Blue Spruce mallet I couldn’t believe the weight and feel. After talking to David I discovered that the heads, which are quilted maple, are completely infused with acrylic. This makes them extremly durable and have a suprising amount of weight. The large mallet is a heafty 16oz. and the small is still 14oz.

I picked up the small and have now had a few months of use from it in the shop. The balance and weight has a nice feel and the mallet is a pleasure to use. The only draw back is that like the rest of their tools it is looks more like a piece of art than a tool so I hate to scratch it up but I bought it to use not just look at so I put it to work.

Woodworking events like Woodworking in America are a great way to introduce yourself to new tool companies. Reading reviews and looking a pictures online is a great way to get an idea of what you are looking for but nothing beats putting your hands on a tool.

Be safe, learn something, and have fun!


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4 Responses to “Blue Spruce Mallet”

  1. megan
    March 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I second what Ralph said. I’ve been using mine (it’s a lovely peacock blue) for…4 years?…now, and it still looks new. And I’ve had no issues with it dinging up my chisel handles (I was using a brass carver’s mallet before I got the Blue Spruce).

  2. February 15, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Jamie, I’ve been using this mallet for over two years. I’ve dropped it numerous times and have banged out a ton of dovetails and dadoes with it.(no carving) Looks like I just bought it. No dings, chips, or divots anywhere on it. I have the 16oz one. Worth evey penny I spent on and it has taken all the abuse I heaped on it without a whimper.

  3. February 15, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Just wondering if the toughness/hardness of the mallet head hurts carving gouge and chisel handles?


    Jamie Bacon

    • highrockww
      February 15, 2013 at 1:23 am #

      Jamie, I have not found and issue with the mallet being hard on the handles. I mainly use it with my chisels but can’t tell that it had had an effect on them. The resin makes the mallet much heavier and durable. I am sure that if I really pounded on the handles the chisel handle would give before the mallet but with the extra weight I don’t need to hit as hard.

      I typically use either socket style chisels or Japanese style which both protect from splitting and so far have had no issues. But who knows what I will find long term. If I do find that I start seeing a difference I will be sure and post it.

      Great question.

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