13 June 2010
desperate for advice, before i make a stupid mistake
this is my little weighted-core rawhide mallet. it's cute and i like the size and feel of it, but it doesn't work properly. it leaves marks when i use it-it's hard as a rock.
so, i'm certain i heard somewhere that rawhide mallets need to be conditioned and i think i remember cece wire saying that she pounded the sidewalk with hers. well i've been hammering away on concrete and it hasn't made a bit of difference.
i googled "conditioning rawhide mallet"-no luck. anyone have a good technique? right now i have it in my mind to soak that flat face in water overnight to soften the shellac/glue...
hoping someone will save me from ruining my hammer!