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Old 05-18-2011, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Straightening Antlers

I have heard a couple of folks talking about how to straighten antlers but did not hear how. I have some that, other than the curve, would make great blanks. Can anyone tell me how to do that?
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Boil them in water for about 20 or 30 minutes then put them in between some scraps of wood and put them in a vice, leave them over night, Also apply tightening slowly, and don't take them out too soon or they WILL curve back.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Might I suggest not using the best pot in the house and boiling them outside. You have to really appreciate the outdoors to embrace the aroma of boiling antlers.

Good Luck!
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've done it Ken's way many times with about 75% success. Some of them just curved again when I released the tension. But most worked.
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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+1 for boiling. I've had success just letting them soak overnight and then putting them in a vise.
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