Over the past ten or so years, my 40-year old lignum vitae mallet has seemed
to dry out and is becoming increasingly brittle,
Is there a way of
re-introducing some sort of wax or oil to the head of this puppy? I think
the warranty has expired and am not sure it will last another 40 years.
That's not lignum vitae.
It's a drum mallet. They're a consumable item - just turn yourself a new
one. If you want a mallet to last, put the head on at right angles, so
that you're hammering on the end grain.
Suck it up and turn another one. I have made a couple of these from Maple
and Walnut. It is hard to take that first strike knowing the result. But
they are, at the end of the day, a tool and they end up looking kinda beat
40 years isn't bad.
In a vat for a few months in summer heat and you'll be better'n new, because
you'll also have a softened surface to eat up the vibration before it gets
to your elbow. I make all mine that way, and appreciate it after carving
two or three days in a row.
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