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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 01-07-2008 03:58 PM 1971 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this wide world, you just never know how different things will connect us together. Throw in the mix a crazy internet full of stuff, and we more often “bump” into others with similar interests.

I have used Shed deer and elk antlers to make a variety of things for several years now, and finding the sheds was my biggest problem. Once I had an antler, I could make something with it. But finding out where a “buck” would drop his prize is another problem entirely.

A forward thinking guy named Steve Creek had the same problem, and finding antlers became such a passion for him, that he decided to start a website where a community could be formed and we could teach other how, and where, and when to find antlers. As the website developed, Steve has written up articles on just about anything & everything having to do with antlers, and he often has articles about someone who makes things with antlers. That’s how I found out about his website.

I noticed one time a little over a year ago by watching my statistics that someone came to visit my website, using a referring link called

So, I followed the link to figure out how that happened. I found Steve’s article about my walking cane work, that he had found on the internet. He wrote a nice article about my walking canes, and then folks started reading about it, and going to visit my website. I wrote to Steve and told him that I appreciated his publicity for my walking cane work, and that he might also be interested in my hunting knife work. So, he wrote another article about the knives. You gotta love a guy like that.

I didn’t go see his website often over the past year, but a couple of months back I saw that he had a daily subscription of the new articles he posts each day, and I have found them to be very interesting reading. Now, remember, I said that folks with like minds find each other, so if he is writing about finding shed antlers, or about folks that make things from shed antlers, I realize that the market of people interested in such things is limited, but I am one of them. And his information is interesting to me, and probably some other lumberjocks.

As I have watched the daily article feeds, and read the articles that seemed interesting, I noticed one that he posted about a writing pen tutorial. I went to his posted link, and I was quite surprised to find a very thorough tutorial by a man who calls himself “Poppop”, in which he describes in great detail how to make an antler pen with a pen kit. I decided to print out the tutorial so that I could keep it in my “Lathe” notebook in the shop, and it printed out at 35 pages. Now, that is what I call a tutorial. I’ve written a few myself about things I do in the shop, and it is a lot of work to do.

So, I knew after seeing this indepth pen making information, that other Lumberjocks would be thrilled to read the tutorial as well. I do realize that there are other great tutorials on pen making here, and some great books to read about the subject, but I wanted to pass on this website name as I felt it would help the other lathe workers in Lumberjocks. I don’t want to take anything away from those already posted, but I wanted to add this information to the growing pile of free technical help here that is accumulating.

Here is the website Link:

Enjoy reading, let me know what you think,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 01-07-2008 04:22 PM

Interesting article. Would never think to use antlers as pen blanks…

-- Still learning everything

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#2 posted 01-07-2008 04:29 PM

Thanks rpmurphy509. Antler pens aren’t new, but using the material does present some special challenges that wood does not. I thought Poppop did a good job of showing the tips and methods to make it work.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 04:31 PM

Thanks for the link. I got a nice stash of whitetail and caribou antler from my Father-in-law.

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#4 posted 01-07-2008 04:33 PM

Oh Rikkor: I forgot to tell you. The cost for giving you this pen link was that you have to send me some antlers. Ha. Enjoy using them, and take lots of photos.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 01-07-2008 05:18 PM

haha sneaky, Mark… disclosing the cost after the fact!! :)

excellent site and congrats on the two articles

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-07-2008 05:28 PM

thanks for the heads up, I plan on making a few pens for friends that deer hunt and this is a good resource.

-- Hope Never fails

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