5 large horns finished

Discussion in 'Muzzleloaders' started by aaronc, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. aaronc

    aaronc 8 pointer

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    Here is some larger horns Bill Smith and myself were working on lately. He gottem stained and finished,..the middle one with double twist came home with me to get some ink,.......
    also some flatties in progress.
     

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  2. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 10 pointer

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    These look amazing. I'm impressed.
     
  3. aaronc

    aaronc 8 pointer

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    Thank you.
     
  4. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    Look real good,
     
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  5. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

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  6. Outdoorfan

    Outdoorfan 6 pointer

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    These look great!! Wonderful craftsmanship.
     
  7. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    Beautiful work, Aaron!
     
  8. aaronc

    aaronc 8 pointer

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    Thank you Gents for the comments. -Aaron
     
  9. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    Those look great. What’s the process for polishing them up and preserving them?

    Have you ever made one of the old-time blowing horns like fox hunters used to use?
     
  10. aaronc

    aaronc 8 pointer

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    Never done a blowing horn yet,...but wouldnt be against it. Would actually be easier because it wouldn't have a base plug.

    Cow horn along with all other true horns in the animal kingdom that I'm aware of ( Not Antler) is made of keratin. Same substance that fingernails, hair, claws,...and if i'm not mistaken feathers are made of. A very durable workable material in its natural state...and really no preservative needed. The horns themselves come with a cleaned polished surface..slick and shiny. We sand that down to around 220 when all is said and done..and some steel wool buffing....then johnson paste wax for a final soft sheen..thats it. There are originals that are several hundred years old people still use and carry. If I ink them they get a renaissance wax coat after that. All the throat work (carving at the spout end) is done by hand with files. Here's a few pics...
     

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  11. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    Just a guess here,but I’d say you could get a trumpet mouth piece,insert in a nice size horn ,should work good.My ex father in law use to have one ,he could use it pretty good,he also would use a single barrel shotgun ,to call in his dogs
     
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  12. 300winmag

    300winmag 12 pointer

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    Fantastic work, great job sir.
     
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  13. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    Those are some good looking horns. I’ve got blowing horns made from goat and cow horns. They all have a unique sound. Some have wood mouth pieces, metal with a reed and horn tips, too.

    I always keep one in my hunting coat when working dogs.
     
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  14. Kylongrifle32

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    Great work. I really enjoy the primitive hunting gear. Do you sell you items and if so where?
     

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