This photo is a close-up of a US penny. The image is of the Lincoln Memorial with the President sitting, holding what appears to be a mallet.
With all the recent talk of miniature models and woodworking tools, I wondered if I could turn something small enough for him to handle. So this really, really small version of a mallet is about as thick as a human hair. The nano mallet is turned very carefully out of ebony wood and has a diameter of approximately 0.07 mm, that is well under three-thousands of an inch.
In case you don’t have a US penny to hand, here’s another way to view and think about the wee mallet:
No, it is not a slice of smoked salmon! It is the tip of my finger, and all 70 microns diameter of the mallet pretty much disappear between the ridges. After taking the picture I lifted it off with clear tape, and it is now safely stuck to a piece of cardboard.
See it for yourself? Leave a comment and convince me to mail it to you…