Mr. Jim Bradley was kind enough to turn this mallet and send it to me. I love it! It is hard maple rubbed with linseed oil.
I gather this was his way of welcoming me to this forum. I was very moved that he offered to send me this mallet at no charge even though I asked him more than once to at least let me pay the shipping.
Mr. Bradley may have preferred I thank him privately, and if so I apologize, but I just had to let everyone know how impressed I was with this. Now I feel bad that I don't have more to offer this fine group, but hopefully that will change as I gain more knowledge and experience.