Among the many tools of Christopher Schwarz’s that I covet is his vintage English brass mallet with wood inserts, a tool he calls “Mongo.” Now, I can cross one venial sin off my very long list of things for which I should atone; I have a Mongo (Mingo?) to call my own.
Glen D. Huey’s “Woodworker’s Edge” mallet with white oak inserts is one full pound of made-in-the-U.S.A. brass beauty, and it’s the perfect weight for adjusting the too-tight planing stop on my bench at home (I really need to knock that sucker all the way out and plane off a few thou).
Glen offers these mallets with a choice of handles – and if you ask nicely, he’ll make you a custom handle out of the wood of your choice (mine is walnut).
I got my hands on a prototype of his new tool a few months back, when Glen kindly let me use his shop to make my mom’s Christmas present (and spent a lot of time teaching me how to do string-and-berry inlay – thanks again, Glen!).