While camping this week I finally decided that I should make myself a wooden mallet. The billets of birch firewood seemed about the correct size, and since they were easy to set on fire, I assumed that they were reasonably well seasoned. It turns out that a moisture meter isn't in my arsenal of camping equipment, and after chopping it out I noticed some splits and checks.
So any way after after a couple of thousand chips, 3 blisters and several hundred mosquito bites I had this
1) how can I stop the splitting from completely ruining the mallet?
2) what is the usual weight of a wooden mallet?