Her post my go something like this: Just made these bone scales from scratch. There was a bit of work, cutting sanding etc. I won't bore you with the details so here is a photo of the finished razor.
You could stop by the thrift store & pick up a beat up pot cheap. Use the outdoor grill to boil the water. SWMBO would be happier.
Toady I cut the end off the trial horn, split the horn the rest of the way up the seam, then cut into two down the centre.
boiled to soften then layed flat. This worked but will need to remove some horn on the edge to help.
The end piece could be used for making a wedge as is very thick or may just be a treat for the dogs.
next step is to remove the core from the other 5 horns and split.
Then I will be able to see which horns wall make a good scale.
The look on the dog with no treat is priceless. I love labs they are almost human. Great thread and beautiful dogs.
Thanks Scott the dogs have been following my project with great interest.
At one point I could hear crunch crunch crunch behind me, lucky it was only the small off cuts on the floor. Have taken this as a warning to keep horns out of reach from the dogs at all times.
Inventor of the world's first safety vibrating Kamisori with night light. Go to http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/299465-A-milder-Kamisori: Inventor of the Weckisori - (thanks sychodelix)
you could kill two birds with one stone and while you boil them make some goat head soup......
great thread and awesome do it yourself idea...
and the labs are beauties btw....
a nice walk in the woods helps me relax and relieves tension....
the fact i'm dragging a shovel and a body should be irrelevant...
would like to see what you make from the antler.
Interesting, but I will buy my horn already processed.
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Today I removed the cores from the remaining 5 horns. Used the same method as with the trial.
Removing of the core will help in speeding up the cure time, so are happy to have them all out now.
Have run out of gas for the cooker, so have left it there for today.
Wicked, coming right along!
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Nice to see some home processing of natural materials! I have worked with horn and also hoof, let me tell you, this stuff moves around like a like a kid in church! Cut it down close to the size you want and let that cure. Even if the entire horn is dry, when you cut it you expose new surfaces to the air. I suggest wet sanding by hand, power tools really make the shop stink like burnt hair! Hand sand to 2500# then hit it with white compound on a loose wheel followed by pink scratchless compound. It will shine like it has a finish a mile deep and no one will believe its natural material! It can be persuaded into shape with a hair drier on high or a heat gun on low. I take and clamp it to a board with a C-clamp lightly then apply heat and tighten down slowly. Expect some spring back over the following week after removing from the board.
f/8 and be there
Any news on the drying process?
The horns are starting to dry. I gave one a tap on the side of a pot just last week and could hear a sharper sound than a few months ago. They feel stiffer as well.
I hope to find time in the coming weeks to get one or two of them flat.
This is a great project, but I think the OP should follow the theme to its logical conclusion and go out and dig up some iron ore, smelt it, process the iron into high carbon steel and forge and finish a blade too. This would be truly magnificent, even if a little excessive.
I'm tempted to comment on the complaints about causing offence...... So I will. I'm VERY offended by those who seek to impose their own ideas of morality on others and try to censor their communications. I'm offended that I didn't see the goats. However - since I approve of free expression and the ability to share ideas, I'll just leave it there.
Chris, not sure if you're up for it but i'd love to send you a blade to rescale once you have product ready to go!
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