Friday, February 17, 2012

Deer Antler Project

We had the great fortune of knowing a Cherokee Indian descendant whose father hand carved recurve bow frames.  He gave us two.  One was stringed already, but more for show, which we gave to my Dad to decorate his man cave.  The other we purchased and is not yet stringed.  It has adorned our window sill in our bedroom for years.  Well, Kevin got his druthers up to hang the new curtain rods we got on clearance at Lowe's and I wanted that bow frame to be properly hung while his tools were out!  Kevin took two of his many deer antler pairs and drilled holes into the base, parallel with the main beam of the antler.  Now, he admitted to not doing it properly and it being a dangerous prospect as a result.  So, if you are going to do this, clamp the antler down, use stop blocks, whatever you need to get it out of your hand! Phew, thanks.  Anywho, now we had the quandry of how to attach it to the wall.  So, we glued, yup, glued a heavy duty nail into the hole left by the drill press.  We used Gorilla Glue because it expands to fill the space needed.  Worked like a charm.  Fletching glue doesn't work.  It is good for all sorts of other things, but this project was not one of those items.  So, once those nails were properly installed, glued and dried into the hole, you now have a sturdy base to attach to the wall, and is easily removable with no visible nail or screw heads on the front of the antler.  Then, we gently laid the bow frame to rest in its antler base.  Check it out!

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