Wood Is Good Mallet - 12 oz. has a synthetic striking surface that will absorb shock before it gets to your arm, yet transmits the striking force to the tool. Carving mallets are helpful when your carving hard wood or working with large tools. You can use the 12 oz mallet on any type of wood which gives you a trmendous amount of control as you drive the tool through the wood depending on how hard or soft you strike the tool handle. This mallet is used for fine and delicate work.