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Old 08-14-2010, 07:57 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Antler is fairly easy to turn. It does smell when drilling but I've gotten use to it and don't mind it anymore. You could eat a pot of beans the night before and probably camouflage the antler order somewhat. It is nice to try to drill it off center so some of the "bark" will show. Turn it like wood. You may have to add some CA to hold it together some if/when you get to the morrow. Finish like you would wood with CA.
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i did one with Brazilian Rosewood once and it looked awesome. that would be my first choice!
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Antler is fairly easy to turn. It does smell when drilling but I've gotten use to it and don't mind it anymore. You could eat a pot of beans the night before and probably camouflage the antler order somewhat. It is nice to try to drill it off center so some of the "bark" will show. Turn it like wood. You may have to add some CA to hold it together some if/when you get to the morrow. Finish like you would wood with CA.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:10 PM   #24 (permalink)
 
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Antler is fairly easy to turn. It does smell when drilling but I've gotten use to it and don't mind it anymore. You could eat a pot of beans the night before and probably camouflage the antler order somewhat. It is nice to try to drill it off center so some of the "bark" will show. Turn it like wood. You may have to add some CA to hold it together some if/when you get to the morrow. Finish like you would wood with CA.
Hey Paul , please don't invite me over if you are planning on turning Antler
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I've found it helpful when turning antler to keep saying to myself (silently, of course, so as not to breath in through my mouth too) "it smells like money".

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Well I just sold 10 pens and of those 6 wanted a wood until they saw the 2 antler ones I had turned and instantly they all wanted antler so much for my stash. Another one they all liked was the Buckeye Burl they said it reminded them of deer hide a greyish brown and it actually looked nice. Not a one wanted anything to do with dark wood but the African Blackwood looked real nice as well in my opinion but Antler seems to be the main one they like out here.
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Many of you make cartridge bullet pens... what type of wood is the best looking for the pen? I was thinking Kingwood or Bloodwood, but would like to know what is the best looking. Thanks for any help.

Yes, I make and sell LOTS of these pens.
Antler is an okay seller, but most of the hunters/shooters I sell them to actually want a light colored wood...
And that Camo PR blank....haven't sold a one of those yet, and I've reduced the price to almost cost, and they still won't sell. People say they look 'cheezy'.





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I have made one out of the Bloodwood, it looked real good. FYI - I have made a couple out of desert camo acrylic. They looked outstanding.
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