Stone mason's mallet

identifier

MOT V 2001.0079

morphology

craft

craft

holotype

MOT V 96.0147 L=26cm WD=18cm WT=1461gr

holotype

MOT V 2001.0079 L=27cm WD=10,5cm H=26cm WT=1550gr
description

Wooden mallet used by the stone mason when working stone with chisels. It has an elongated, often slightly curved head. The direction of the wood fibres is perpendicular to the handle, which often has a spherical bulge at the bottom. Frequent use often creates wear in the form of a cavity. If the wear is too strong, the ends are sometimes shortened to create a new face. The lost weight is sometimes compensated by iron nails hit in the head. The hammer may also be fitted with two ferrules (1). 

Sometimes vinegar wood is recommended for bluestone, palm wood for sandstone and beech wood for limestone (2). [MOT]

(1) BESSAC: 161.

(2) JELLEMA: 45.

Stone mason's mallet MOT V 2018.0006 L=29cm WD=24cm WT=1922gr