Hello everyone tonight

Great responses, You are never too old to learn for sure, those are great suggestions and cover a large part of the interests of those who might be looking in.

My father really liked basswood for certain jobs because it doesn't seem to have growth rings so to speak, and will not splinnter--for mallets I don't know never tried it.

Oak is not my favorite but I do believe that for mallets it should not be straight grained but really of rough growth, growth habitat is the key here I would say.

Any one else care to add a comment