Baseball bat makes a striking mallet
Widely available at garage and junk sales, wooden baseball bats don't cost much and make excellent carving mallets. Even broken ones work! Cut the bat about 12" above the base of the handle and about the same distance from the bat's tip. Bore a centered hole the same diameter as the handle 2–3" deep into the barrel, and then glue the handle into the barrel.
—John Albrand, Glen Mills, Pa.