Thanks for your comment, I think you have a good approach, maybe make one this weekend.all round mallets for me - nothing of the flat faced type. One of verawood for heavy work (ouch, my ears) and a couple of urethane headed round ones.
The rectangular type are so quick to make that you should just make one fast and then see what you don't like about it and correct it on the second one, or trim/change the first.
I use mine I made from elm for hedglayingI've always fancied making one of those gigantic mallets they used in circuses and the like to bash in big marquee pegs. 5' handle and a sectional head at least 8" in diameter wrapped with brass or leather strips.
I suppose you just get it out of your bag and the hedge gives up and lays down?
Beetle is the traditional name I think timber framers call them commanders and for fence posts mauls or mells but metal onse around 12 to 14 pounds that look a bit like a sledgehammer but with large faces either endI suppose you just get it out of your bag and the hedge gives up and lays down?
(or is it for the vertical (or angled, depending) poles)
big-top mallet, beetle, commander or maul -- any difference?