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Project by hairy posted 12-03-2012 03:50 PM 2500 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a little piece of walnut that had some nice curl in it. It was just right for this. All I did to it was round the edges to make it user friendly, I wanted to make sure the tree wasn’t top heavy.

Thanks for all the good advice when I was working on this. I went with epoxy to hold it together. I just washed the antlers in Dawn, waxed and buffed, I like the results.

Antler is not what I was expecting, as far as working it. Denser than I imagined, I was thinking it would be porous. I would advise wearing a particle mask. The challenge to me was to hold it in something other than my hand while I worked it. I wrapped it with toilet paper, then wrapped that with blue tape. I cut the tape open so I could take it off and put it back on easily.

5” x 6” x 11” tall. Walnut with Formby’s tung oil finish.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 04:10 PM

What a neat idea. I may have to borrow, this would be perfect to display the bolt action pen I just made. How did you round off the base of the antler?

-- -Al, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 04:15 PM

Nice display, great idea.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 04:22 PM

Thanks!! I used files on the antler base. It took a while to sneak up on the fit. When I drilled the hole in the antler, I started with 1/8” and worked my way up to 1/2”. I didn’t want the bit to grab and jerk the antler from the hold.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 08:23 PM

Very smart work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 02:33 AM

Beautiful job……....a fantastic work of art!

I would have loved to have seen the other antler and the deer that carried them.

Simply beautiful.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 11:15 AM

Very beautiful Hairy!!
Great work!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 11:34 AM

That turned out very nice….great idea

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#8 posted 12-04-2012 12:02 PM

Well done!

-- Im bleeding, go get my super glue and roll of black tape....

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#9 posted 12-04-2012 02:19 PM

Nice work!

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#10 posted 12-04-2012 02:47 PM

Very kool idea Hairy. That base really pops nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 12-06-2012 02:55 AM

You’ve made a very evocative piece Harry, a great found free form with a delightful purpose. Just string me up randomly with my favourite stuff why don’t you.

“that had some nice curl in it”, well you got to be kidding, what a chunk of wood.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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