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As The Lathe Turns #51: Newest Antler Pen

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Blog entry by William posted 09-22-2013 01:39 AM 991 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve done several antler pens in the past. However, I have not been completely happy with any of them. They are antler, but they have been from very small tines, and I’ve had to make odd shape pens to be able to include any of the outer “bark” to make them even resemble antler.

Recently though, I was given a pretty large rack and couldn’t wait to see what I could do with this one.

I was able to get a solid piece off of this one to be able to make the whole pen from one continuous piece. This makes it easier to match the two pen halves in appearances.

This allowed me to leave much more of the bark than I have on past antler pens, and be able to stick with the pen shape that I also like. It is a little fatter than my other pens, but I am just happy with the overall results.

On the other side of the pen, I guess because of the large size, it did become a little soft on me while turning. I had to keep soaking it in CA glue as I went, and this left a yellowish look where the soft area was, but I like this look as well.
So overall, this is my favorite antler pen so far.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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Gary

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 01:43 AM

Super work, William Sure are pretty

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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William

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 01:48 AM

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 01:53 AM

Turned antler surely yields a unique pen.
Not sure it is my cup of tea though.
Perhaps it’s the small cell phone image that does not do them justice.

Glad to see you are back in the saddle, err shop!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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William

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 02:21 AM

Thanks Randy.

These are being posted from my laptop.
Maybe you mean you’re looking at them on your phone.
They aren’t for everyone though. However, most deer hunters love them.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 03:17 AM

Yeah,
I viewed/posted from my phone.
By no means are they ugly or bad, I just prefer the wood ones you have done more!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Roger

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 12:49 PM

Really nice. I’ve been thinking of doing a few things with antler stock. Very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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William

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 01:32 PM

Thanks randy.
Like I said, they’re not for everyone.

Roger, I think you would like antler.
It’s just different from most woods enough to be well, different.
I have a local guy that is suppose to be coming through with some elk antler.
Also, if my money is ever good enough, I’m dying to try some water buffalo horn that they sell through penn state.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Doe

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#8 posted 09-23-2013 12:36 AM

Nice pens; I like them both. What do you mean about soft? Is it naturally soft or did it get softer while turning? Thanks for the post; I hope you’re feeling well.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-23-2013 01:04 AM

Nice, but doesn’t compare with the one you made for me! I love mine!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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William

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 01:34 AM

Doe, it is soft naturally. Antler is made of calcium. There is a more scientific description than that, but I am on my phone at the moment and can’t come up with it. Anyway, the material has soft spots in it. It is almost the consistency of rotten wood. Soaking it with thin CA glue though stabilizes it enough to be turned.

Andy, thanks. The fact that you find yours better is a great compliment.

Doe, I also wanted to tell you that I ordered some different style kits. I can’t wait to work with them. Unfortunately though, I am down in the bed at the present time and don’t know for sure when I’ll make it back to the shop. When I get down like this it may be days or it may be weeks.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 03:48 PM

Looks great. I like ‘fat’ pens, they are easier to hold comfortably.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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William

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 08:18 PM

Thanks mike.
You’ll love the pen I made today.
I’ll try posting it soon.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 10-02-2013 06:53 PM

I didnt even know you could turn antler, thats pretty cool.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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William

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#14 posted 10-03-2013 01:07 AM

You can turn antler. Actually I have learned that I will try to turn pretty much anything short of hardened Steele, and I’d try that too if I knew the right tool to use.
Besides wood, I have turned antler, plastic, coriander, acrylic, and PVC.
Thank you.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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