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#1 norson

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 10:59 AM

I'm looking into getting some deer antlers thinking they might make good cane handles.

 

Any thoughts or suggestions?

 

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 01:40 PM

Antler can make a nice handle. It can be hard to fined a large piece shape well for a handle. Also make sure to uses good dust controls when working with it. 


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:50 PM

Antler has been used for many years.  There are some great antique examples out there.  I think most are made from red deer or stag antlers but there's no reason deer antler from North America won't work.

StickswithDave recommends using a wooden tenon instead of a metal fastener to join antler to a shank.  I agree.  I just made a handle from elk antler recently and a metal connector is too skinny to have adequate support in the marrow inside the antler.  The marrow is relatively soft and will crush under pressure.

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 06:44 PM

Deer antler is used a lot in UK from basic to elaborate carved handles , here a few examples

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 06:47 PM

Antler has been used for many years.  There are some great antique examples out there.  I think most are made from red deer or stag antlers but there's no reason deer antler from North America won't work.

StickswithDave recommends using a wooden tenon instead of a metal fastener to join antler to a shank.  I agree.  I just made a handle from elk antler recently and a metal connector is too skinny to have adequate support in the marrow inside the antler.  The marrow is relatively soft and will crush under pressure.

Rodney

Re using a studdind connector rod, I have used them and the method is to drill out the marrow then pack with car body filler leave to harden and set then drill for studding and epoxy in as normal.


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 09:13 PM

like gloops said its been used for umpteen years here makes a excellent walking stick .  stick with dave videos are a good ref source or go done the route gloop suggested both work .But as CV3 said dust control wear a dust mask


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 10:47 PM

The stuff stinks like crazy if you cut it with power tools.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 10:10 AM

The stuff stinks like crazy if you cut it with power tools.
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True that! I recently found a shed antler while out hunting sticks and it was too small for a walking stick handle. I cut a piece to make a knob handle for my ferrocerium rod fire starter and shaped / drilled it. Funky smell!

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 02:55 PM

That looks handy.

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 01:09 AM

I usually use hand tools for working horn to much speed smells better to use hand saws and rasps


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