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horn point build along

rwelch
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January 22nd, 2008, 1:07 am #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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January 22nd, 2008, 2:14 am #2

That looks really cool, wish I had a lathe.
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January 22nd, 2008, 3:42 am #3

rwelch is that a wood or steel lathe?band where do you get your horn? Great tutorial!!
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January 22nd, 2008, 5:06 am #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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January 22nd, 2008, 6:20 am #5

So is that how you made my points?!?! Those are get more impressive by the minutes.
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January 23rd, 2008, 2:21 am #6

Nice tutorial, Ralph! Thanks for posting.

Ken
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January 23rd, 2008, 4:43 am #7

thanks rwelch I might have to go get some. Will a metal lathe work?
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January 23rd, 2008, 5:33 am #8

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

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January 23rd, 2008, 1:28 pm #9

k thx man , osage
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January 25th, 2008, 1:59 pm #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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January 25th, 2008, 3:42 pm #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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January 28th, 2008, 11:16 pm #12

Omg, they are beauties!!
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February 7th, 2008, 9:43 pm #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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February 9th, 2008, 7:48 pm #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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June 20th, 2008, 9:15 pm #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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April 1st, 2009, 8:40 am #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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