Turning Archive 2006

Subject:
gavel design

eliot d
>A received a " commission " to turn a ladies' gavel. I put it in quotes because my payment was some of the Wye oak that the gavel was to be turned from.( Marylanders will know about the 450 year old Wye oak tree that came down a while ago.) When I delivered the gavel, my client, a lovely DAR lady who was giving it to the DAR , didn't seem to happy. When I asked what was wrong, she said that she thought the gavel's head was on the small side. I don't have a picture, but the head was 3 inches long and 1 1/4 inches in diameter; and the handle was about 8 1/2 inches long. I thought the proportions were just right --to my eye ,at least. Are there any general rules about the proportions of a gavel?

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