I turned a mallet out of a crab-apple tree branch cut from the neighbor's tree last year. This wood is amazing and I need to make more things from the stack of logs drying in the wood shed. It looked nice after I turned it but it really popped after I put on the linseed oil. After it dries I may put on a wiping varnish or just wax it. This was so easy to make that I wish I had done it earlier. I may just have a mallet collection in my future.