No idea where to put this, could do with a DIY section but ha! ho!
I have a couple of ladies on the local shoot that saw a priest i made a few years ago. Made from Red antler with buffalo end caps. leather lace out of my old shoes and a bit of time.
This is one of a pair i did a few years ago. the unfinished one it a little to heavy but i want it onto of a peice of hazel as a staff walking stick. job for another day.
They asked if i could make them one so me being me, said i will see what i can do. I had no Antler left so i put a shout out on here in the wanted section. Deerstalker.308 had a few bits laying around so he sorted out and popped them in the post. Out of the 5 pieces i bought there was 3 that would back fair priest, 2 others i will find a use for so thank you for the help Andy.
One condition was i let him know how i got on and as a few people have shown interest and asked to see how i made the other ones so i thought i would put on here for all to see.
Im only a tinker type, not very good at it but i do try.
well a few days ago i had a chance to start playing about and make a start.
photos speak better so this might be a tad photo heavy.
2 of the 3 bits i will turn to priest. the forked one is a little short so had to work with it.
Im putting threaded brass rod inside as i have run out of lead. i cut to 3" and add a step for the glue to lock into. there is probably a better way, but it works for me.
12mm hole drilled down one end
ruff cut of buffalo with an 8mm blind hole for the end of the brass to glue into.
other end has a stainless m6 bolt with the head taken off. i like to use the thread as i think it gives a glue area to lock into the antler and horn.
2 glued up and drying. epoxy two pack.
top one is at the start. middle has been ruff sanded and the bottom one has had a basic polish
i use an angle grinder with a sanding disc to get it down and then just sand paper and elbow grease. the basic polishing shows and flat spots in the buffalo so i can smooth them out with 600 wet'n'dry paper.
I do like Buffalo horn as it polishes up real nice.
That is it for the moment. sorry if its photo heavy. I need to find some leather lace in black. last time i used my brown leather laces and soaked in boot polish over night.
also a toggle to go on the ends
as im doing these for free i dont want to spend to much on making them
thanks for looking in
all the best