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I'm in the Netherlands (Europe) and I'm trying to get my hands on a wooden clay mallet as seen in the video below... but so far I haven't found any retailers selling them.

Best I can get is a generic wooden mallet but those are not the correct shape. 

Any ideas? I'm getting the impression people on here are mostly from the U.S. so I don't have high hopes.

 

 

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Hi Bas!

Item in question:

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Pate Woodworks (Brooklyn, New York, USA) has somewhat like it.
...found several wood hammers "for clay" in Netherlands, however, with round/cylindrical striking end. Perhaps paddle would be a better search string...

Then found Xiem clay paddle

Xiem Clay Paddle L - slaghout | De pottenbakster (keramiekenglazuur.nl)

Ya, that'd be my choice, if in the market for a pre-made paddle-ish striking tool.

However, a I'd also consider making one (else, having one made), where starting with a tapered cylinder gets one most o' the way, as cutting off part of the cylinder to make the flat side would be much easier than forming the rounded part, then drilling and fitting a handle, complete with sanding and sealing, voila.

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30 minutes ago, Hulk said:

Hi Bas!

Item in question:

1061477483_claymallet.JPG.3778c25ab240b047f34ecfe4b97246f4.JPG

Pate Woodworks (Brooklyn, New York, USA) has somewhat like it.
...found several wood hammers "for clay" in Netherlands, however, with round/cylindrical striking end. Perhaps paddle would be a better search string...

Then found Xiem clay paddle

Xiem Clay Paddle L - slaghout | De pottenbakster (keramiekenglazuur.nl)

Ya, that'd be my choice, if in the market for a pre-made paddle-ish striking tool.

However, a I'd also consider making one (else, having one made), where starting with a tapered cylinder gets one most o' the way, as cutting off part of the cylinder to make the flat side would be much easier than forming the rounded part, then drilling and fitting a handle, complete with sanding and sealing, voila.

Hi Hulk, thanks for the extensive reply! I found that exact paddle as well. My fear is that it won’t work as well since it’s not that heavy as the mallet. From what I’ve read the weight is important. 

Making one myself is going to be a challenge as I have little woodworking experience but it might be a fun little side project. 

Thanks again!

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33 minutes ago, Min said:

If they ship to Europe chineseclayart has this one: https://www.chineseclayart.com/Store/Search?Query=mallet

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Hi Min,

Thank you for finding that one. It looks exactly right. $25 S&H though, but that was to be expected. Also I suspect there will be duty added on top of that. 

Not cheap but I might consider it. 

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21 hours ago, Bas said:

I have little woodworking experience but it might be a fun little side project. 

I've never made one - but looks like it could be done with just a hand-saw, some sandpaper, a drill and some water-resistant wood glue. 

  • Find a seasoned (well dried) log of suitable size - preferably a fine-grained wood that's less apt to split.
  • Remove the bark and use the hand-saw to cut off one side & create the flat face. 
  • Sand everything smooth.
  • Get a piece of dowel, or smaller tree branch of suitable size for the handle
  • Drill a hole of appropriate size, apply some glue, and insert the handle
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Try searching "hardwood taper"
"hardwood round taper bun foot"
    "waddell bun foot"

e.g. 

$12, below

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Less than eight dollars, below

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4x2.6 inches
The top one is 4x2.5 inches

Edited by Hulk
bun fun
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Before you shop online, check and see if your country has any ecological controls they want to have observed. Wooden products sometimes have issues going from one country to another. My husband has a fun story about the time he had to try and ship humidors to Hawaii for someone’s golf retreat.

edited to add: If that’s the case, you might take the design to a carpenter friend.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Try clicking on this link. 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000499847505.html?ug_edm_item_id=4000499847505&edm_click_module=item_detail&tracelog=rowan&rowan_id1=aeug_edm_24677_1_en_US_2021-11-05&rowan_msg_id=6854biz_pay_after_purchase:0:0_4428308$2e987c75b5d949c4b0395cbd8b865cda&ck=in_edm_other

If that doesn't work, you can try going to

aliexpress.com,   and putting   "Wooden Clay Paddles Pottery Tool"  in the search field.

The packages usually come directly from  China and can take weeks to arrive. 

I wish you the best

Cynthia

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