a franken-mallet turned from poplar

This started as an attempt to turn a large wood spoon. I was using the spindle and roughing gouge, and all was coming along nicely. Then someone dropped a truth bomb on me about why I shouldn’t use poplar.

I stopped where I was and waxed it. Now it’s just a weird mallet/club that is hanging around in my lab. The grad students seem to like it. It has a lot of heft and feels like some kind of medieval weapon.