Thursday, August 12, 2010

Me So Horney.............

No, not that way. Get your mind out of the gutter. I am talking about Animal Horns.

I have been doing a good bit of horn work these days. There is something very satisfying about working with horn. It is relatively easy to work and it looks good if you spend either a great deal of time finishing it or not so much. You can make almost anything out of horn. In the 18th and 19th centuries, horn was their equivalent of our plastic. With the proper amount of heat, horn becomes flexible and can even be molded into various shapes that when cool it stays in the shape that it is molded into.
I have almost finished three new powder horns. This first one is made of a buffalo horn. I have a rough horn with it just to show you a "before and
The second horn is a generic powder horn made of a good size cow horn. The rough horn is again a before and after.
The third horn is a small hunting horn, with a applied turned bone tip. This style is a typical North Carolina pattern from the late 18th century early to mid 19th century. I even did a bit of scrimshaw on it. Also notice the beehive style woo
den plug. Again a very old style from North Carolina.


The Displaced Louisiana Guy said...

Now that's some nice work!

Michael W. said...

Thank you sir!

I have been doing horn work for about 5 years and just am starting to get the feeling that I am starting to get it figured out. The best thing is that I am having fun with it.