At the turn of the 20th century the city of Sheffield was littered with an abundance of small scale tool manufacturers - the little mesters. Today very few of these survive lost to mergers, takeovers, outsourcing, and ultimately cheaper mass-produced imports. A few though do remain, fiercely independent companies, proud of their history, their products, and their skills. One such is Joseph Marples, makers of this all beech carpenter’s mallet and currently run by Joseph Anthony Marples the sixth in a line of Josephs stretching back to their founding in 1840. The head measures approximately 12cm x 8.8cm x 5.5cm, and the overall length is about 33.5cm.