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Old 08-13-2010, 08:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I like them best with antler, but any dark wood looks nice.

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My customers want 1) Antler or 2) Walnut. I show them the other woods/acrylics/materials I have on hand. They don't even want to look at the other choices. I thought I'd never say this, but I'm tired of turning antler and walnut LOL
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I've made a bunch for Viet Nam veterans and have used the 'Nam campaign ribbon in a decal.

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Just my $.02

In my limited experience, I'd say almost any dark wood. I've made several with camo acrylics and they went too. Brass on top and bottom seems to do well also.

My lighter woods (unstained Maple or Oak) are still in hand.
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Desert Ironwood makes a nice piece as well.
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Thanks to all of you... I've never turned antler, is there anything special in working with it?

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Thanks to all of you... I've never turned antler, is there anything special in working with it?

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Yes , get a gas mask , that stuff stinks . I guess I just have a weak stomach but I puked my guts out the only time I tried to turn it . My wife wasn't too happy either , made me get undressed and leave my clothes outside to air out .
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I use Antler ...or snake skin for the upper barrels. I have on occasion used homebrew PR, usually in camo like colors.
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I have sold several made with Desert Ironwood. The golden sheen on this wood compliments the brass cartridge. Antler sells the best for me, though.
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Yes , get a gas mask , that stuff stinks . I guess I just have a weak stomach but I puked my guts out the only time I tried to turn it . My wife wasn't too happy either , made me get undressed and leave my clothes outside to air out .
I guess I've gotten used to the smell... I don't think antler smells any more than other things we turn... I know there's an odor, but I don't find it terribly offensive.
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