I came upon some collapsible hiking poles today and made one into a mallet. The other pole… well let’s just say I hacksawed the handle off while it was in the collapsed position… and cut off both the handle as intended and the internal mechanism that tightens the pole up and allows it to expand.
Polo tomorrow, we’ll see how it performs. If anyone of my strength or stronger tries to bend and break the bottom piece over their knee, it will indeed snap in half. The top piece is much stronger.
To those in the yankee city (in which I’ll be for the weekend), you better watch out. Newcomers are … coming, and may possibly be equiped with some fine sticks in hand.
Also, i’ve got dozens of these swirlies all over my workspace now (which consists of a cardboard table supported by a window frame and two mallets that didn’t work out)
I’ve built enough mallets to supply a small army. The entire build process is shown in the ‘legit style’ video on the HOWTOMAKEIT page. Minneapolis folks, if you’d like one, please contact me soon as I’ll be leaving shortly. They’ll arrive at the NACCC on Saturday or Sunday as my parents stop by the action (we’re road tripping from MPLS to Boston with a polo layover in Chicago), so please contact me if you’d like one. They run for $10, the same price I paid for the first and only mallet I ever bought.
I’ve been experimenting with handles as of late, and in addition to the standard handlebar tape and hockey tape wraps, I think an innertube layered handle looks promising. I stretched a tube over the handle, then wrapped over it with more innertube (as one would wrap bar tape), and then (barely managed to) stretched another innertube over that. The rubber is nice’n grippy and there’s no chance of any unravelling since there’s such a tight sleeve over the whole thing. Dang comfortable.
Also if ski poles are scarce in your area, experiment with other materials! Broom sticks usually turn out well, and if you never ever want your mallet to break or even get scratched, make it out of a graphite hockey stick. Keep your eyes peeled on garbage day and good luck on getting a tight fitting head onto these non-ski pole shafts.
I finally put the finishing touches on my legit-style mallet making video. More work than most people’d put into a mallet, but every one I’ve made like this has turned out near darn perfect.
This is my basic how-to video. I hope to get a more detailed one up soon outlining the ridiculous/excessive work I put into the mallets that I peddle. Also, the “About LBP” page has a bunch of new info on the history and purpose of LBP. More to come.
Also, I’m planning on going to the NACCC polo scene to film the action on my way out to Boston.