Working With Antler

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by von_z2, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. von_z2

    von_z2 New Member

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    <div>Hey guys. I just ordered a nice chunky elk antler fork and some Mun Ebony grip scales to make an epic slingshot. Do you guys have any experience working with antler? I'm looking for some tips and advice. </div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  2. ghost0311/8541

    ghost0311/8541 New Member

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    Where a dust mask and cuting antler smells real bad dont do it inside and epoy will work good on it brush it in and dont get a dry joint
     

  3. von_z2

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    <div>Thanks ghost. Anyone else?</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  4. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    As far as I know theres nothing dangerous with inhaling dust from antler (I can be wrong) and as ghost said it smells very bad before you get used to it. My experience tells me the smell goes away pretty fast tough.<br><br>My new (and lousy) woodworking-teacher once told me that its hard to glue ebony to other materials. It wouldnt surprise me the slightest if he is wrong...<br><br>Good luck with your build! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  5. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    i Made some stuff with antler, it is best to work outside and use powertools because it is damn hard. i would also advise a dustmask.<br>Have fun and i would love to see what you come up with <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  6. stej

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    Guys, show your builts. I was thinking about slingshot from antler as well..
     
  7. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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  8. Phluffy the Destroyer

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    I'm new to slingshots, but I have about 25 years of primitive crafting skills. I haven't worked with bone for about 12 years, but it's a pretty straightforward business.<br><br>As a lot of people have already suggested, use power tools and work outside. ( I would also suggest a respirator. If you get bone dust in your nostrils you will smell it for days. ) That's great for the rough work, but finishing the antler is best done using hand tools and a little ingenuity. I'm going to write this under the assumption that you can figure out how to do the basic work and concentrate on finishing the piece. <br><br>Antler is bone. Bone can be easily polished by using 0000 steel wool. Power tools often cut too deep, or leave small marks in bone that are difficult to spot while the bone is unpolished. After you do the rough work though, a good selection of hand files and burnishing tools along with a gentle touch will help cure a multitude of sins.<br><br>Once you have a decent polish on the bone there are some good resources available for finishing and decorating your antler. Bone can be carved, filed, burned, and/or decorated just about anything to it that you like. Some good books to look for in your local library (or to order online) would be:<br><br>- Naked into the Wilderness covers making basic bone tools to making arrows, and a few other things that might be useful to a slingshot enthusiast. <br><br>- The Book of Buckskinning is an 8 book series on primitive life and crafts. #2 in the series discusses scrimshaw on horn. The technique is more or less the same for bone.<br><br>- I wanted to post a link, but I'm too new to the site. However, if you do a search for "regia anglorum, bonework" you should find some runic bone designs created by Society for Creative Anachronism members to pique your interest.<br><br>I wish you well on your project.
     
  9. Gabriel S

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    Just finished a sling shot from Scottish stag antler, for my dad great material really strong
     
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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Phluffy the Destroyer wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Just post your link without the "<a href="http://www.%22" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www."</a> and ".com".</span>