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I had a little piece of walnut that had some nice curl in it. It was just right for this. All I did to it was round the edges to make it user friendly, I wanted to make sure the tree wasn’t top heavy.

Thanks for all the good advice when I was working on this. I went with epoxy to hold it together. I just washed the antlers in Dawn, waxed and buffed, I like the results.

Antler is not what I was expecting, as far as working it. Denser than I imagined, I was thinking it would be porous. I would advise wearing a particle mask. The challenge to me was to hold it in something other than my hand while I worked it. I wrapped it with toilet paper, then wrapped that with blue tape. I cut the tape open so I could take it off and put it back on easily.

5” x 6” x 11” tall. Walnut with Formby’s tung oil finish.

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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#1 posted 503 days ago

What a neat idea. I may have to borrow, this would be perfect to display the bolt action pen I just made. How did you round off the base of the antler?

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#2 posted 503 days ago

Nice display, great idea.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 503 days ago

Thanks!! I used files on the antler base. It took a while to sneak up on the fit. When I drilled the hole in the antler, I started with 1/8” and worked my way up to 1/2”. I didn’t want the bit to grab and jerk the antler from the hold.

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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#4 posted 503 days ago

Very smart work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 503 days ago

Beautiful job……....a fantastic work of art!

I would have loved to have seen the other antler and the deer that carried them.

Simply beautiful.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 502 days ago

Very beautiful Hairy!!
Great work!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 502 days ago

That turned out very nice….great idea

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#8 posted 502 days ago

Well done!

-- Im bleeding, go get my super glue and roll of black tape....

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#9 posted 502 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 502 days ago

Very kool idea Hairy. That base really pops nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 501 days ago

You’ve made a very evocative piece Harry, a great found free form with a delightful purpose. Just string me up randomly with my favourite stuff why don’t you.

“that had some nice curl in it”, well you got to be kidding, what a chunk of wood.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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