carving in horn, #1: Carving in horn(raindeer) in progress.

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Blog entry by koraile posted 11-07-2013 09:13 PM 1968 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Carving in horn is qute fun, its hard as stone, but the end result is quite Nice. A trick my grandfather learned me is to boil the horn in milk for a couple of hours before starting to carve the patterns. In the bottom of the caseroll i putt some Wood sticks to prevent the bone toutching metal and getting burned. It just needs to barely boil for a couple of hours.

This makes the bone get softer for short time and i can do the rough carving, i preffer to do the finish when its Cold and hard since it gets a smooter surface then. It also makes the bone go whiter, in a mutch better way than chemichaly withener would do, and its the hmm, stuff you writhe on a blackboard With thats in milk that do that.

I have come quite a bit farther on theese knifes, so il just have to take some more photos and il update this series.

I have done the silverwork myself on the smal knife, the big one i had a silversmith friend do it. There is some silverwork missing, on both knifes, also some creative leatherwork so they stay in the holster.

The raindeer i used from here i shot myself, but there is quite some Hunters up here so its easy to get other ways to. Im abouth to start some more Projects in horn so il post more pics when i get there. Hope you like it. And if anyone have any questions feel free to ask.

-- Bard son of iver

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 04:14 AM

Very nice work. I appreciate the tip about the milk. I’ll have to try it.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 04:34 AM

Thank you! i have also found that afther the fininish carving have been done, its always led afther the pencil stains from working With it and so on, so i boil it for another hour, then i polish all the planes( i never polish the carving, the only thing that tutces that is my irons :) then i coat the entire worked Outer surface With it and use a hair dryer to realy melt it in, i might repeat several times and then polish it Down again. let the wax harden for some weeks and polish again. This makes it pretty mutch airtight and stain free( and it dont get so easily yellow from Sunlight), if you use it mutch you have to do it again now and then. thats my favorite way at least, but in this area im still Learning myself.

-- Bard son of iver

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 05:16 AM

Those are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the details of how to carve this. Perhaps one day my husband will decide to carve something from whitetail deer antlers.


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