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post #1 of 4 Old 05-30-2012, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone turn pens from Water Buffalo Horn?

I have a pen to turn and they wanted it black so we chose Water buffalo Horn. However While drilling one of the blanks I realized it is hard and almost like a plastic. I ordered an extra blank thank goodness because a 12.5 mm bit doesn't leave much after drilling and I had one break. Yes i was drilling it slow on a slow speed.

Anyway I have both sides of the blank drilled and started thinking maybe it would be a good idea to ask about cutting just in case there is something I'm missing. I don't want to mess this pen up because there will be no time to order a new blank.

I'm planning on taking very light cuts with either really sharp tools or a carbide scraper. I'm leaning towards the freshly sharpened gouge at a slower speed.

Is there any advice you guys have to offer?
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Really, nobody has experience with turning Buffalo horn. If not I'll go with my plan tomorrow.
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Rich -- no experience myself, but check out over on the IAP site: this is one of several threads ...

Good luck, sounds like it will be an unique pen.

ps ... also check this thread: they make it sound like a cracked blank waiting to happen:

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I have no experience myself but have read several threads over at IAP about it. What I have gathered is the stuff is a nightmare to turn and next to impossible to do without cracking. Those that have been successful though have turned out some really beautiful pens!!

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