|Forum topic by Troutsman||posted 01-17-2012 01:03 AM||1447 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-17-2012 01:03 AM
I have been turning now for about 3 weeks and had researched many different ways and methods to turn bone and antler. I have come to the conclusion that this material plays havoc on your tools and because of this I came up with my own method that has worked excellent for me.
I found some where searching how individuals used old files and square chisels as a scraper and have adopted this for antler. I will grind a crude edge on a flat chisel and start attacking the antler with it. I go back often (half way through if making a pen) to the grinder to touch up the edge so it still cuts with ease. This has saved my tools and endless time sharpening to keep a crisp sharp edge. After knocking down the material to the approximate shape, I then get out the better chisels to finish up.
Still being green I am sure there is an easier way; but, I figured this was the best way to break the material down for my limited sharpening skills. I welcome everyone’s comments and ideas.
I will upload a few projects as soon as I can to show the results.