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    Priest Making.

    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


    Phil

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    Use the antler tips as toggles and a 223 case as the liner for the handle hole.
    Any sadler should be able to provide you with some lengths of leather to use as 'laces'.

    A little bit of buffolo on the end of the toggles would be a nice touch

    Nice work that.
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Nice work phil, glad they were ok, or at least most of them......really smart job though, I'm sure the ladies will be very happy!
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    Use the antler tips as toggles and a 223 case as the liner for the handle hole.
    Any sadler should be able to provide you with some lengths of leather to use as 'laces'.

    A little bit of buffolo on the end of the toggles would be a nice touch

    the toggle i did on the origanal was a pain in the but so im drilling the middle this time, still with the buffalo ends on.

    this is the first i made. this one i lost in the middle of a fields 3 years ago. a little gutted as it was a matching pair that i made, other one want to a very good friend and the breeder of my cocker. i made another but its not the same.


    Nice work that.
    I havent a 223 but i do have a lathe i was going to do like you said but with a thicker wall.

    Quote Originally Posted by deerstalker.308 View Post
    Nice work phil, glad they were ok, or at least most of them......really smart job though, I'm sure the ladies will be very happy!
    Andy I have a plan for the other bits so thank you very much for your help. very good of you.

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    You have a lathe.....lucky man....turn a buffolo insert with an internal rounded edge for the hole liner.
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    You have a lathe.....lucky man....turn a buffolo insert with an internal rounded edge for the hole liner.
    now theres a plan in the making.

    buffalo with brass liner just to give a contrast. i liking that idea. thank you.

    I was lucky in that my father-in-law gave me his new 1959 derbyshire watchmakers lathe. only used to make the points of compasses. it was all down hill from there as i wanted bigger, 15 years ago i bought a boxford aud from a school. dont know how these things work but i can turn it on and pretend i know.

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    Lovely work and you're far too modest there's a lot of skill in those.

    Very impressive

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    Great work, and they look very nice, should make the new owners very happy.
    (now of to google "derbyshire watchmakers lathe"

    Neil.

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    Pardon the ignorance (beautiful work by the way) - but how the heck do you use one of these to dispatch fish ?

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    What happens sometimes is that someone may shoot a fish and it falls out of the sky but it isn't dead and runs off. Then someone sends a Cod Retriever to get the fish. It brings it back, but it's still alive so the person with the priest gets the priest to give it the last rites.

    lovely looking work there activeviii.

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