@ Rodney - Axminster are a good company who accepted the return without question and will be refunding my money next week.
@ Cobalt - well for £15 I just ordered the thing as it will come I useful when doing bits of diy at home. I certainly wouldn't use a mallet on it but a guy at the club uses one I'm sure for his toppers when he does chisel only work.
@ CV3 - the Eli vise looks great but is just a little out of my league financially these days!
@ Gloops - yes I have seen those and it may happen. On another forum a carver suggested an engineers vice with swivel base, which has possibilities especially when coupled with the Stanley vice if it is any good for ME!
Here's the thing though, years ago I was a vaguely and slightly known street photographer/photo journalist, but until I arrived at that genre of photography I tried many different forms, and thus it may be with carving.
One thing I know is I cannot do any mallet work at home, the only place I can work is in the entrance hall and it echoes through the house and makes me unpopular! I do need however to carve some handles and toppers for my sticks which for the most part I will be able to do "by hand", certainly not requiring the bosting out of large chunks of wood from some relief carving.
I'm going to take the heat out of the equation by going to carving club this week and just chatting to the stick guys and thinking just where I want to go and need to go with it, then I will make a decision on what to buy.
Thanks for all your input gents, as always there are many ways to skin a cat, but the main thing is we have a good chat and share some knowledge and opinions.
Edited by Lol999, 12 August 2016 - 08:16 AM.