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Followed through
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:37:39 PM »
Scooby posted a thread about carving a powder measure from antler a couple weeks ago.   I said I wanted to attempt one also so I got busy and made one for myself.   I'm not an old hand at this like Scooby is but I believe this turned out OK for a first attempt.   
It's made from an old Elk tine I had.   The piece was a little flat on one side so I had to kind of go with the natural shape.   Here's how it went....

Started by shaping & smoothing with an antique spoke shave and hollowed the center.


Working from the bottom up, mostly with files but also removing a little material with a knife.
 

Working my way up with the files and knife.
 

Cut to length and sanded smooth, calibrated to 100 grains.   
   


I like the color now so I'm not going to stain it just yet.  I'll use it for a while and see what it looks like.    I'll probably try my hand at some more of these in the future but for now I've got a bunch of leatherwork to do so this kind of stuff will take a back seat for a while.   Maybe I'll try a powder horn soon.

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Re: Followed through
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 04:31:28 PM »
Nice work!!! Looks beautiful.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 05:50:30 PM »
First attempt huh?  I'd say for any attempt that's a fantastic job.

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Re: Followed through
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 07:47:53 PM »
I would call that awesome at any point, but even moreso for a first attempt!
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 08:34:34 PM »
I would call that awesome at any point, but even moreso for a first attempt!

Definitely!
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 11:21:23 PM »
Now dammit, that is just fine!!!!! Excellent shape and transition. As it should be, the powder portion is to be the most pronounced feature.

I am going to suggest this though. Since it is a weathered  piece, highlight the cracks and crevices by simply submerging the whole piece in a hot cup off coffee or tea. It wont looked stained and will keep the natural weathered look. Just toss it into a cup for say 5 minutes and then pull it out. After it dries some, you can decide if it is good enough or if you want to give it a second round.

Damn fine job Mike, and it is as good as anything that I have done.

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Re: Followed through
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2018, 04:03:27 AM »
Hi, LeatherSmithMike now has an alias moniker AntlerSmithMike! That looks great.

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Richard
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Re: Followed through
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2018, 04:55:06 AM »
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Scooby....   I was thinking of the coffee stain myself.   I already tested a piece of the cut off portion, the antler piece looked great but my coffee tasted funny.
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Re: Followed through
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2018, 05:57:54 AM »
Nice job, Mike. And that knife you used also looks fine.

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2018, 10:05:50 AM »
That is nice!  L@.

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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2018, 10:07:45 AM »
Thank looks fantastic! Great work!

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Re: Followed through
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2018, 11:35:52 AM »
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Scooby....   I was thinking of the coffee stain myself.   I already tested a piece of the cut off portion, the antler piece looked great but my coffee tasted funny.

"Funny"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfcy15ZUE2c
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Re: Followed through
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2018, 11:56:37 AM »
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Scooby....   I was thinking of the coffee stain myself.   I already tested a piece of the cut off portion, the antler piece looked great but my coffee tasted funny.

"Funny"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfcy15ZUE2c

The coffee tasted funny (wierd).   Joe Pesci is just funny (funny).

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Re: Followed through
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2018, 03:03:00 PM »
I'll tell ya, there are some great craftsmen on these forums!

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Re: Followed through
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2018, 10:16:16 AM »
Great piece-o-work there Mike !!!