Mallet #1 – Hazel Barr (Auckland, New Zealand)
I love my mallet because it is functional AND frilly.
When I made my mallet I really wanted to have something that used as many second hand materials as possible, to support sustainability, and it had to be pretty. I appreciate some of the other funky designs I have seen at AucklandHBP and I dislike the stumpy, ‘ultra-light-weight’ (mallets with as many enormous holes drilled out of them as possible…), ugly, manly mallets. I wanted some flare to my mallet. Feminism aside it had to be girlie. I actually did quite a lot of research into this and talked to fellow polos about how to construct my first ever mallet (thanks Stu and Glenn) as it coincided with a technology project I was doing at uni at the time. I was SUPER excited to be able to purchase Lilac HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) piping for my mallet head…prettiness.
The short lady-like shaft is covered in sparkly duraseal. The head has one filed-in end for scooping and one capped end that I made to measure out of perspex. The head design is what it is all about for me though. Flower power! on one side and scooped out on the other side. I often let people handle my shaft too. There is no handle grip so it’s smooth and slippery. I like it like that and others find it surprisingly pleasant too.
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