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My first bullet pens.

This is my first attempt at turning deer antler . feed back please.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-09-2011, 09:29 AM
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Now I guess you think you are a "Big Shot"! OK, that was stupid. They look great. Where did you get the kit for those? How was it turning antler? Any tips?

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I've got two similar kits waiting for me. I played with some antler between centers for practice. It's hard to find a straight narrow round section to work with. Did you leave any natural texture or did you turn through it to the clean smooth stuff? Looks good to me, whichever you did.
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Now I guess you think you are a "Big Shot"! OK, that was stupid. They look great. Where did you get the kit for those? How was it turning antler? Any tips?
Thanks, I purchase the pins kits at http://penkits.biz/index.php?main_page=page&id=4. As Far as I know they had the best prices and reasonable shipping, again I'm new to this game. I looked around on line and this is who I went with. My local wood store doubled the price on their pens kits. As far as turning deer antler go's getting it straight is tricky. I found out supper sharp tools is must. Hitting the sweet spot on the tool is the trick. When I get a little more time I will write a procedure on a thread the way I found out how to get it done.
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Yes i got down to the smooth stuff.thanks

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How do you deal with the smell from cutting or turning antlers? I make candle holders from them and the stink.

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Dan looks real good! I like turning antler, other than the smell. I just think it has a great look and will vary in the look between different antlers which I assume is dependent on the deer's diet.

I often try to keep a little of the "bark" from the antler as it really sets off the piece.

What did you use as a finish?

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Dan looks real good! I like turning antler, other than the smell. I just think it has a great look and will vary in the look between different antlers which I assume is dependent on the deer's diet.

I often try to keep a little of the "bark" from the antler as it really sets off the piece.

What did you use as a finish?

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Maybe I don't know. Bark on antlers please explain.

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I think they turned out just fine. I like that kit with the gun pocket clip. Adds a nice touch. I have one turned with a bloodwood upper that I really like. Those are actually nicer than the one I have. Great job!
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That is a nice pen. Turned my first one last week and its already gone. I left a little color to mine. I bought the kit from (CSUSA) www.woodturnerscatalog.com . I think they are $7.95. I recieved 3 more kits yesterday. I'm going to try to work on them this upcoming week after I finish a few others. They are very easy to turn. If you use a deer antler you do need sharp tools. I didn't think it smelled too bad., but of course I had a fan blowing at me so I guess it was moving the smell out away from me. That helps.
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NO finish on them i just micro sanded and buffed. There is no bark on antlers. I thank he means the natural texture of the antlers. yes it smell bad and it's a fine dust you need to wear a respirator .

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NO finish on them i just micro sanded and buffed. There is no bark on antlers. I thank he means the natural texture of the antlers. yes it smell bad and it's a fine dust you need to wear a respirator .
Didn't think there was bark, but ya never know

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Nice job. I like turning those kits easy and very likable by the country folk around here, especially since I live in the woods.

I get mine from Berea Hardwoods they are $9 but I really like there kits over most of the others I have tried.

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Nice pens, I have turned antler on pens and keyrings think i may have some on earlier posts? I use a 7.62mm bullet casing which I get free from friends who use the shooting range and use a 7mm slimline kit, "the bark" or rough finish i prefere to leave some on but all depends on the piece of antler used.

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