Antler rings

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Project by Tribalwind posted 02-19-2010 01:09 AM 5902 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

another artist that attends a rustic/natural artists gathering every year that i go to
had given me this rustic log lamp with a piece of antler nailed to it.
well it wasnt being used and no one else i knew wanted it. i thought i’d see how antler did on the lathe sicne ive been on this ‘ring’ kick all week. man it actually turns incredibly well! and the polished surface is incredible. these pics dont pick up the true shine,i’ll have to retake some with my photo tent setup n all.

left it a little thick.i could probably get it down much thinner.
never worked with antler before, i guess should finish it with oil/wax ?

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 01:17 AM

that looks amazing. “incredible” as you say is an understatement.. you selling any? if so, i’m curious for how much?

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 01:22 AM

That looks cool. I have worked with Antler a lot and it does turn very well. Use a hard stick wax on it while it’s on the lathe and buff it, it really works well. If you look at my Antler Train I turned the main engine tank and bells etc on it.

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 01:30 AM

Just looking at that brings back the smell…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 01:48 AM

Thanks Zero,
yep i’ll definitely be selling them. need to make a bunch more first and research prices more.
i’m confused on that point, i’ve seen rings going anywhere from $30 to $300 that seem to be about the same quality level
i guess it’s just whatever your market bears eh? personally, i’m thinking the $20<50>ll try the carnauba hard enough? it is the hardest wax out there right?
i have beeswax,carnauba,EEE-Tripoli,and those white/brown friction wax sticks.

i used EEE on these 1st ones. i need to do the inside too.seems they need to be sealed or the absorb moisture and get sticky.

btw, i sanded them starting with 400 abranet,then 500-4,000 abralon, then 4,000-12,000 mircon!

JM, LOL, yea it did smell like burnt hair when i drill it out.i had the DP on lowest speed and took repetitive plunging cuts till i was through.still got really HOT.need a better way next time…

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 01:52 AM

Nice ring.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 08:36 AM

Great ring. Love the colors in that antler.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Mitch Neal

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#7 posted 02-20-2010 04:27 AM

Very cool ! from the pics they look like stone. have you ever seen one laser engraved? I wonder how that would come out.

-- Its not your goal, its the path you take to achieve that goal that matters.

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#8 posted 02-20-2010 06:59 PM

On antler pens I have used CA as a finish with good results…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 04:40 AM

nice rings well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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