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#3065541 - 04/20/17 06:22 PM Just for showing off...
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 4793
Loc: NW Washington State
Bison, Ebony, Amboyna Burl, Moose, and Brass....



Got to build another high-end set recently. Really enjoy coming up with stuff like these!




Really appreciate customers who let me do stuff like this!




This one is Sold and Shipped.




I'm just showing it off!





Can't even tell you who owns this one!




It's a gift for someone.


Thanks for looking!
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#3065555 - 04/20/17 07:22 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
GC Online
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 15048
Loc: Missouri
Interesting handle...
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#3065560 - 04/20/17 07:39 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
crapshoot Offline
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Registered: 03/22/02
Posts: 20868
Loc: Henderson,Nevada,USA
Originally Posted By: rainshadow1
Bison, Ebony, Amboyna Burl, Moose, and Brass....



Got to build another high-end set recently. Really enjoy coming up with stuff like these!




Really appreciate customers who let me do stuff like this!




This one is Sold and Shipped.




I'm just showing it off!





Can't even tell you who owns this one!




It's a gift for someone.


Thanks for looking!



How did you know! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Very nice indeed.
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#3065577 - 04/20/17 09:14 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: GC]
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 4793
Loc: NW Washington State
Originally Posted By: GC
Interesting handle...


Tail stripper!
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#3065623 - 04/21/17 01:48 AM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
Springbear Offline
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Registered: 02/22/04
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Loc: Idaho
@rainshadow1 The work is so good that I feel like I'm taking something away from it by complimenting you. The amount of time it took to make these is only the tip of the iceberg. The time you put in just to get to the place where you could make something like this shows in the work as well.

I have a couple of sets of horns and would greatly appreciate any help you are wiling to give me on polishing them. I only have hand tools and I'm sure at some point you used a buffing wheel. I do have a rotary tool with a very small buffing wheel but don't know if this is adequate. Any instruction would be appreciated.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the knowledge you share about cougars. I finally saw my first and second last year and I'm looking forward to the next sighting.

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#3065727 - 04/21/17 01:22 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
rainshadow1 Offline
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You're welcome, Springbear. What I'd advise depends on what you're doing with them and what you want to end up with. Happy to tell you what I'd do though, ask away. It's not a trade secret!
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#3065731 - 04/21/17 01:33 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
Lefty SRH Offline
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Registered: 01/09/14
Posts: 1781
Loc: North AL
Thats a beautiful set!
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#3065736 - 04/21/17 01:56 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: Lefty SRH]
K22 Offline
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Registered: 10/19/03
Posts: 1997
Loc: Western NC
WOW! Nice work.

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#3065753 - 04/21/17 03:01 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
DesertRam Offline
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Posts: 7860
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Artful indeed! Assuming the recipient is a PM member, I'd love to see some pictures of those put to use in the field.
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#3065754 - 04/21/17 03:06 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
AdamT Online
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Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 1887
Loc: Southwest Virginia, USA
Holy smokes!!! Talk about beautiful. Great job on two fine pieces.
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#3065761 - 04/21/17 03:24 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
Springbear Offline
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Registered: 02/22/04
Posts: 13
Loc: Idaho
@rainshadow1 Having no developed skills in the craft at this point these two sets would be for learning the art of polishing from tip to base. I have no plans for them beyond the polishing. I think a polished horn is "a thing of beauty" all on it's own. I want that mirrored glass finish. Feel free to explain the flaw in my thinking as I will take it as added help. I do have the cores removed. Thanks in advance....

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#3065779 - 04/21/17 04:36 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: Springbear]
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 4793
Loc: NW Washington State
Originally Posted By: Springbear
@rainshadow1 Having no developed skills in the craft at this point these two sets would be for learning the art of polishing from tip to base. I have no plans for them beyond the polishing. I think a polished horn is "a thing of beauty" all on it's own. I want that mirrored glass finish. Feel free to explain the flaw in my thinking as I will take it as added help. I do have the cores removed. Thanks in advance....


So if I'm reading you right, an antler or horn, simply polished and displayed for it's own sake. Yes?

You're talking buffing. Sorry, but it's true.

Keep the sandpaper away unless you're going to take all the provenance and character out of the horn surface. Which is cool, I prefer it, actually, but that's your choice.

With sanding, start around 100, lengthwise along the piece. Only take off as much as you want, you decide the "natural" stuff you're going to leave in it. Go to 150. 220. 400. 600. 1000. Then you're ready to polish.

Without sanding, well.... you're ready to polish.

You can get a buffing wheel, mount it on an arbor, and put it in a drill clamped in a vice. Or a spindle mounted on your lathe. Or any number of other ways to get a buffing wheel to spin. Or you can just use your dremel, but it's going to take for- ev- er.

If you use a larger buffing wheel, practice. It's actually a dangerous tool. It grabs stuff and throws it. Work in the middle of the wheel and downward. Never above. Don't burn, but work it hard.

There's a huge variety of buffing wheels and compounds, and a huge volume of opinions and etc about them.

For horn or antler if you just have a medium wheel and white (zinc oxide) compound, you're going to get a good result.

If you go more elaborate than that, get 3: a heavy buffing wheel with a heavier compound, the medium and ZO, and a soft buff with carnuba wax. You don't need a dozen wheels and compounds.... like I have...

Take your time. Get a dust mask and just spend a half hour or more on each wheel. Take your time, and demand a great result. If you're using a dremel, get a screen and several movies, you're going to be there a LONG time!
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#3065802 - 04/21/17 05:49 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
Tbone-AZ Offline
PM senior

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 6884
Loc: AZ, Phoenix
Really nicely done.. I love the really nicely thought out tail stripper idea in the handle.

The fit and finish is done very well.. Thanks for sharing your tips.

What kind of leather are you using for the sheath? (assuming that you make that too)

It looks like 1/4" un-stretched or softened?
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#3065835 - 04/21/17 08:46 PM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: Tbone-AZ]
rainshadow1 Offline
Custom Call Maker

Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 4793
Loc: NW Washington State
Originally Posted By: Tbone-AZ
Really nicely done.. I love the really nicely thought out tail stripper idea in the handle.

The fit and finish is done very well.. Thanks for sharing your tips.

What kind of leather are you using for the sheath? (assuming that you make that too)

It looks like 1/4" un-stretched or softened?


I buy heavy (8-12oz) scrap vegetable tanned leather off ebay from companies that collect up their trimmings and sell them. Love that heavy stiff stuff.
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#3065869 - 04/22/17 01:06 AM Re: Just for showing off... [Re: rainshadow1]
Springbear Offline
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Registered: 02/22/04
Posts: 13
Loc: Idaho
rainshadow1 Yes you understood me correctly. Thanks for taking the time to write the instructions out in a concise and understandable way. I have my work cut out for me and some purchasing to do before I can get started. I have the raw materials and now the instructions to follow. Thanks again....

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