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1st antler turning with progress photos

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Project by billculpepper posted 05-13-2012 07:33 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Really enjoyed this turning project. I liked how some of the “natural edge” came through in the final turning. I am not a hunter, but got the rack from a co-worker as I always wanted to try antler turning. I promised him the pen in return. Got two good sized blanks out of it but one exploded on the lathe. I gave him the finished pen and hope to try another one later.

Learnings:
1. GO SLOW
2. This really SMELLS BAD, wear a mask and turn your ventilation on. Think “smoldering hair + sewage”
3. Drills very easy but go slow.
4. polish with micro mesh…and I also added several coats of CA. starting with medium and then using thin. go through the micro mesh (wet) grits after that as well.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana





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#1 posted 05-13-2012 07:43 PM

Nice job .

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 11:49 PM

thats pretty cool but i could never deal with that smell i have cut through bone before and its disgusting

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 12:01 PM

I have to agree with Jordan, whenever I work with antler now I have to move my lathe outside. It has a distinct odor that is unpleasant to say the least. But the final product looks great, nice job.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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