Had a bit of spare time on my hands last weekend, so with fishing season now well & truly here I thought I'd make use of some of the antlers and other bits and pieces I have in the garage. I've got so much blooming antler knocking around that I have to keep finding ways of doing something with it or I'll end up being overrun!
For the priest I used a piece of Sambar antler. I drilled out the top and filled it with some molten lead to give it some weight, then topped it off with a piece of Thuya burl. The bottom I capped with a spare piece of buffalo horn. I drilled a hole through the bottom and then used leather thonging for the strap, with another antler point drilled and used as decoration. It came out pretty well and has given me food for thought on the Mark II.
For the knife below I bought a couple of CRKT knives from another site member with the goal of putting different handles on them. This is the first, where I used another offcut of horn and then put together the sheath. For the latter I need to figure out how to treat them with wax/oil to get a better finish:
As I drive a computer during the week for work, I find being able to get out and do something practical (other than stalking of course) is a great way to relax at the weekend.
Any other ideas on how to use up all that surplus antler would be welcome!