This is deer antler. Ever since I first seen this in the Penn State Catalogue I have wanted to try this. I live in Mississippi though. This is arguably the deer hunting capital of the world. There is no way I was paying for deer antlers when I knew that, if I asked enough people, someone around here had some lying around that would let me have them.
As it turns out, I kept forgetting about it though and finally got around to asking someone. Or rather, my wife asked someone. The maintenance man where she works at mentioned that he was a deer hunter and she asked him about deer antler, and he brought he a couple of racks the next day. So I was correct. The first person asked about them here had some for me.
I really enjoyed turning this. It was definately different than turning wood. I have enough left to do maybe two more pens out of the antlers he sent with my wife to me. I will have to be on the lookout for more.
Also, I’ve noticed other things, like bull horns in the catalogues. I don’t know where I’d get that around here, but it’s got me thinking about wild bore tusks? Basically, it seems these days that anything I see softer than metal, I start to wonder how it would turn on the lathe.
The man didn’t ask for anything in return, but of course this first pen goes to the man who gave me the antlers.