re-watching an episode of the New Yankee Workshop, I was inspired by
Norm's woodworking expertise to design and build a croquet set for a
gift. After researching some more on the Net, I decided to use
hickory for the handles just like Norm used; however, instead of
wrapping them in cord I used 1/8" suede string which I found to be
very comfortable to grip. For the mallet heads, I found Guatemalan
Rosewood to be dense enough for the job, and what a beautiful
choice; although through my research I found that a lot of high-end
mallets were not turned round but cut square I decided to also cut
mine square. This way, after you make your shot you can stand the
mallet upright and not get the suede grip wet from the grass. A
complimentary hickory sight line was also added like in Norm's
design, as was a wrapping of brass. To finish the set of 6 mallets,
I also made the wickets and goal stakes. Let the games begin!
Check me out on the New Yankee Workshop website!