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horn point build along

rwelch
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22 Jan 2008, 01:07 #1

First here is a picture of two points I bought ,the small black one is from 3 Rivers and the larger and shorter one is from Asahi Archery .



First I chuck up a horn tip in the lathe ,the point of the horn ,is the point's tip.



Then using a not so rough round rasp ,on the tool rest ,start rounding the horn.





Then with a triangle file shape the shoulder.



And refine the tang with a flat file.



It should come out of the lathe looking something like this.



Notice the piece of horn in the bottom of the above photo, it is shaped to fit in a three way chuck or a drill.

Now I cut off the flat base at the tang and do the final shaping on a sander.












There you go .I hope I didn't leave anything out.




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Salvador 06
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22 Jan 2008, 02:14 #2

That looks really cool, wish I had a lathe.
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22 Jan 2008, 03:42 #3

rwelch is that a wood or steel lathe?band where do you get your horn? Great tutorial!!
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22 Jan 2008, 05:06 #4

It's a wood lathe. In the picture between the lathe photos and the sander photos , there is one horn in the bottom of the picture with the point filed to a dowel shape . This is so it can be chucked up in a drill and shaped that way .

I get a lot of horn from a local hunting lodge. You can also try slaughter houses ,or large animal vets ,or any one who has cows. Most people cut the horns off young cows. I've even found horn tips on ebay. And I buy whole horns too .

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22 Jan 2008, 06:20 #5

So is that how you made my points?!?! Those are get more impressive by the minutes.
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23 Jan 2008, 02:21 #6

Nice tutorial, Ralph! Thanks for posting.

Ken
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23 Jan 2008, 04:43 #7

thanks rwelch I might have to go get some. Will a metal lathe work?
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23 Jan 2008, 05:33 #8

A metal lathe should work just fine. I use rasps and files ,not gouges.

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23 Jan 2008, 13:28 #9

k thx man , osage
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25 Jan 2008, 13:59 #10

Thanks for the tutorial.
I'd like to make a bundle of arrows with horn points.
Here is a question:
What is the best way of putting horn nocks into a wooden shaft? (no cane)
Bye,
David
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25 Jan 2008, 15:42 #11

Never tried it David ,but I have seen and shot some very nice sapling arrows with horn points. They were V spliced in ,like on a footed shaft.They were Ken Wee's arrows and he let me shoot a few of them. He makes the nicest arrows I've ever seen.


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28 Jan 2008, 23:16 #12

Omg, they are beauties!!
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07 Feb 2008, 21:43 #13

Not relevant to the topic of archery, but you could make a fantastic chess set like that. All out of horn, since it comes in black and white. Just a thought, i'd certainlytry it if I had a lathe and a good supply of horn.
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09 Feb 2008, 19:48 #14

Thanks guys .The only thing left is to dry fit each point into it's cane shaft .Reducing the outside diameter of the point by scraping with a knife and/or using sandpaper .Try to get it to match the shaft .Then touch it up after gluing it in.




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20 Jun 2008, 21:15 #15

[font=&AMP] If you don't have a lathe you can make one from a foot powered singer sewing machine stand i hooked up wheels on the stand so when i pumped the foot peddle it would turn them with a belt i use it for bone wood and horn sanding and grinding for points and for making round beads i also rigged it with a drill bit for when i want to make holes for pipe stems[/font]
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01 Apr 2009, 08:40 #16

Thanks Ralph for a great tutorial. You certainly have spurred a lot of interest in horn as a natural arrow point material. Do you seal the horn points with anything.? Being of fibrous protein they will eventually dry out and peel. These points would work very well as bullet points on the end of cane or bamboo atlatl darts. Have you tried and rejected bone, antler and mammoth ivory for similar shouldered and stem tanged points? Those materials all seem to bite thedust when hitting hard surfaces and are very dangerous for your lungs. I hope to hear of primitive archers shooting alongside or even besting traditional shooters when using cane shafted arrows with horn points on the target range. Until next time, Go to the woods. Walk softly. And carry a bent stick. And shoot horn bullet pointed arrows. P. S. I guess I meant that bone, antler and mamoth ivory arrowheads are dangerous for your lungs when rasping, filing and sanding. They would obviously be dangerous for your lungs if they were on the end of an arrow. Get the point? Pun intended.
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