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    How to fill a wet weekend.....

    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!

    willie_gunn
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Both quite lovely bits of work and I particularly like what you've done to the knife. Very attractive little thing.
    Good for you and well done. Anything to keep you off the streets and out of trouble !
    Will
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    Nice bit of work, like the knife what type of horn, plenty you can make with antler, buttons with the scrap pieces
    failing that you can always sell it if you have too much price goes up and down a bit but think its about 7 kilo at the moment.

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    Stickmaking? If you can make a nice looking priest like that then i am sure you could make a really good stick.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    Nice looking pieces mate.

    The priest looks the bussiness, wouldn't want to be on the end of that.
    Like the look of the knife as well.

    What about Roe calls?( I know somebody in Hereford would buy one)
    Whistles.
    I know you already do sticks.


    See you soon mate

    Jon

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    Great work, your skills are wasted in front of a computer.

    Did you turn the piece of burr with a lathe? Or mould it with hand tools?

    Cheers

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    My mrs just spotted the priest and asked where do the batteries go!
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    My mrs just spotted the priest and asked where do the batteries go!
    It was just a matter of time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CervusNippon View Post
    Did you turn the piece of burr with a lathe? Or mould it with hand tools?
    It was from a rectangular block of Thuya burr that I bought off eBay. I cut down a suitable square of it and then set to with a rasp, a belt sander and then sanding paper. Thuya seems a lovely wood to work with and has a strong fragrance. For the next one I've got some African blackwood on the way.

    I've thought about a lathe but haven't been able to justify one yet....so I guess it's now a question of when, not if

    willie_gunn
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