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Bent a batch of buffalo up , getting hard to get & expensive these days , some different shapes , couple fitted with brass spacer,  other two , used box wood , bit different, got to fit ferrules & danish the shanks up yet ! Over a weeks work involved in that lot....

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really nice work there boo i am quite envious of your talent 

i am just a beginner in stickmaking but i love using buffalo horn it polishes up so good

i do agree it is getting harder to get hold of most for sale are to thin or hollow 

thanks for posting the sticks

 

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Fabulous work! Seriously nice work. I always think that the prices some sticks sell for are nowhere near a reflection of the hours put into them. 
Was going to treat myself to a new one ( have several already ) for this coming season at a game fair, but there weren’t any last year and it looks like there won’t be again this year. 
Very nice work. 

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Cheers , everyone, just sealed the shanks , except the stripped one , going to leave for a bit , see if it oxidises , turns a bit yellow , match the spacers , when last of the buffalo I have rus out , will have to turn into more rams horn in the future, will see what happens..

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Excellent work,as ever....I feel a bit embarrassed showing mine now. Good for comparison though

first one is for Granddaughter as she wants one like pops....she receives it on Saturday ( she is 5 1/2 )IMG_3184.JPG.9da06ffe21002c1d416c33a061cbfc2b.JPGIMG_3185.JPG.bf2ed2ea92ff2f1155cc5716c9ba5c23.JPG7B317015-397A-487B-ABCB-0466A0D17CD8.JPG.067b2313fc198cac9b6ff394b270ecf9.JPGC2BE0C69-5AD4-4DE5-B076-32E9B9332EBC.JPG.2abfa48d9ad7960884cd05f17d0d2a77.JPGIMG_3193.JPG.1c8ad7a8a86fcdc6f9bf7abaf26750c5.JPGIMG_3198.JPG.f54701f0db1d01b8cc137c4dabff7783.JPG

 

second is for grandson.....nana got him some antler and he wants it "on some wood for when he goes to nanas farm"

he is 8

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Most excellent work , as always boo👍.

Diver one , don't feel bad , your sticks are great , and the kids will love them.

The amazing work that boo turns out , just makes the rest of us look rubbish 😅.

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5 hours ago, boo said:

Bet both be made up with them , brass looking good , going for a 3 spacer set up with different materials! It's not a bad hobby to have...

First stick i ever made 3 years ago....I went out on a limb and did a 5 spacer set up: brass, buffalo, ox , cow bone, brass.  But I hadn't tried a 'BOO' joint until this one. I think the angle is too steep.

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On 30/06/2021 at 17:48, Scully said:

Fabulous work! Seriously nice work. I always think that the prices some sticks sell for are nowhere near a reflection of the hours put into them. 
Was going to treat myself to a new one ( have several already ) for this coming season at a game fair, but there weren’t any last year and it looks like there won’t be again this year. 
Very nice work. 

Totally agree there Scully. Boo's workmanship is second to none and not surprising the number of hours put into each stick. His work far exceeds some of the sticks seen at various shows. With the number of sticks that he has now made, he could well set up a stall himself.

Thanks for posting Boo and continue making us all envious of your talent.

OB

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Cheers ! Getting there but still room for improvement, I've just made some casting resin up with different pigments , hopefully cure ok , hopefully going to make spacers for next lot of buffalo I do , if goes to plan be a bit funky ! 

 

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59 minutes ago, boo said:

Previous resin off amazon , tried some off Axminster tools , resin & pigments , moulds also off amazon , just pop out 

Thanks....another granddaughter has requested pink and purple spacers,!

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This was resin left in the bottoms of the mixing beakers , I faced it off on the lathe and centre drilled it , now fitted & glued up onto a couple of buffalo tops , bit of an experiment, bit different, if you look at one of the tops it's got a delam/crack init , not visible before shaping ! Maybe more yet ! If paying £20-30 plus now for buffalo horn you still carnt guarantee what's inside it.

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Just fettled it up , meant to be purple , looks more blue , shame the horn has a delam  on the other side ,as the actual horn has a smokey grey colour , think I'm going to have to lacquer this one to seal it up , shame really

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Second experiment, this one has a bronze/ copper colour, I think it suits the dark hazel nicely,  in the light it's a bit 3d , with the swirls in the resin , going to do a few more variants now , see what works best .

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been busy , actually sticked out , going to have a break , resin experiment think was a success, made a double bronze spacer,  on a nose out buffalo on a dog rose briar , I've danished it & waxed it didn't want a gloss finish,  the other is using green spacers on a buffalo crook , on hazel , just finishing that one up ! Having a break now, hope you enjoyed, ta....

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