Deer Horn Pen

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Project by hardhead posted 02-24-2011 01:33 AM 1711 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this pen today. It is a slim line pen made from white tail Deer Horn.

-- HardHead.

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 02:58 AM

How does Antler turn on a lathe?

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 03:19 AM

It’s hard. It can dull a knife in a hurry. I have sold a few of these at work. big hit with the hunters. I am in the process of making desk top holders with deer horn. I have one on this site. It was my first one.

-- HardHead.

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 03:19 AM

...around and around … ?

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 04:33 AM

nice—- i have yet to buy a small lathe.

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 07:33 PM

i have turned a few on my lathe…i think the hardest part is drilling the hole throught the antler, actually getting a chunk large enough that doesn’t twist is another problem. I found it quite amazing of the colors inside the antler—i found purples and greens, faint but distinguishable. did you put a finish on it? if so, how did you finish it?

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 08:21 PM

I used a sanding sealer and Deft clear laqer. A lot of people use CA glue, but I can’t seem to get that procedure down. I have used laqer on all my pens with no problems so far. It does take a few to dry but not bad. Thanks for the post. Don.

-- HardHead.

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 04:46 PM

Beautiful!! I tried turn a deer antler but it did not turn out so well as yours!! Great job!!

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