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Just finishing off these 3 , coat of sealer next , crook in buffalo on a stripped chestnut shank , a market/ walker on a hazel shank and lastly a nose out buffalo on a blackthorn with rams horn & buffalo spacers....do for today ....

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On 4 September 2020 at 12:53, boo said:

Done these two this morning, originally bent 6 pieces of horn in one go , got one left going on an ash twister hopefully....

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On 3 September 2020 at 14:51, boo said:

Just finishing off these 3 , coat of sealer next , crook in buffalo on a stripped chestnut shank , a market/ walker on a hazel shank and lastly a nose out buffalo on a blackthorn with rams horn & buffalo spacers....do for today ....

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Some lovely work there Boo.

May I ask where you obtain the buffalo horn ? I want to try a market stick with angled joint on hazel, but the already shaped buffalo horn seems very expensive, about £30. Do  you get the horn and shape it yourself. Cannot remember from your previous posts.

Thanks,

OB

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On 04/09/2020 at 07:41, TIGHTCHOKE said:

Today, been mainly copying Ditchman's lead in line!

got me quite worried...........thought i was posting stuff that i didnt know i did.............:lol:

its all far too good a quality to warrant "im mainly ..............".......thread

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Just a quicky, nice little stripped ash twister with a roe antler top , makes a ok light stick , the buffalo came from highland horn before closing down , bit the bullet and bought a bulk off him , pity there gone , great place to shop for stickmaking supplies , the preformed ones are very expensive! Plus not guaranteed crack or split free ! But since no regular supplier into the uk , your stumped ! I cut and bend the horn myself, got 3 bending jigs , takes a while but works ok , generally do a batch at a time in the boiler....

 

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This was the last of buffalo batch , fitted to an ash twister , stripped, wanted to try something different, so charred it using a blow torch ! Then cut back & sealed , its different bit marmite ! But actually looks better in real life...

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Looks good to me.  Try cutting some strips of foil and wrapping those around the shank in a twist, then give the stick the blow torch treatment. That could make an interesting effect.

Some thick baler string may also work. It would just protect the surface enough to give a line.  I'm full of stupid ideas, ignore me.

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Dug some bits of antler out , knocked these up , be ok for beating! 

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Found some thin brass sheet in the garage , sets off the thumbstick! Will try this on some crooks as spacers , other was a dirty cow horn, cane up quite nice....

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i made a few sticks with the antler pointing down ...so they were like a shepards crook..........these were made by request for older beaters and dog handlers ...so when they went thro deep ditches they could use the antler crook as a hook and help pull themselves up the other ditch bank.......

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For old boggy ! Two pieces of fallow, inlaid the crowns with a bit of abalone shell & fly badge glassed in , both going on blackthorn shanks , be Monday onwards, other is a churchill with brass spacers , looks quite good

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Oh the crowns not finished, need shaping & polishing, blue tac was used as the mould...

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Very nice Boo. Do you use the plastic or set them in resin? Not yet tried the plastic and have had mixed results with resin.

I do like the effect that the brass spacers give. Very classy.

Just doing a couple of thumb sticks now so will look out some brass as I would like to try your idea.

Thanks for sharing.

OB

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Its resin Chris , found it ok , likes to be warm , when mixing leave for a bit bubbles will rise out till clear or gently hot air gun, let it set for a good couple of days , unless you have a pressure pot ! Could do with 1mm brass sheet ! That's 2mm , got a small piece of stainless & brushed aluminium so give that a go ...

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2 hours ago, boo said:

Its resin Chris , found it ok , likes to be warm , when mixing leave for a bit bubbles will rise out till clear or gently hot air gun, let it set for a good couple of days , unless you have a pressure pot ! Could do with 1mm brass sheet ! That's 2mm , got a small piece of stainless & brushed aluminium so give that a go ...

Funnily enough, just set another sharks tooth in resin and it’s worked really well. Previously I think it was too cold in the shed (last winter) and it took an age to go off.

Just found some brass sheet, so off we go.

OB

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7 hours ago, boo said:

Could do with 1mm brass sheet !

Do you know any sparks? Ask if you can have some of their unused Banjos  off  SWA cable...that's what I use as they have a 20mm hole in them

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