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    Flat powder horns at JAS Townsend

    Thought all you Scots black powder people would be interested in this:

    http://jas-townsend.com/product_info...oducts_id=1171

    It's a great starting point! No need to boil, bake and flatten your own horn.
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    Not bad! They look like buffalo horn out of India. The trick is to get a mostly white one to do some scrimshaw on...!
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    I've seen some nice scrimshaw done in white on buffalo horn knives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsheal View Post
    Not bad! They look like buffalo horn out of India. The trick is to get a mostly white one to do some scrimshaw on...!
    Well, when I get mine, I'll post pictures. I don't know what color/s it's going to be- wasn't too concerned with scrimshaw. I just didn't want to have to flatten my own... Boiling horns stink! I have a couple nice horns, one of which I was going to use for a powder horn. I'd been putting it off because I didn't want to go through the process of softening the horn... and then Townsend did it for me!
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    OK, I got my horn today. It's mostly black, and did indeed have a "made in India" label. However, the workmanship is lovely and I think it is, as I had hoped, an excellent starting point to make my own Scots style powder horn. It has no adornments, no leather ties to cut off, nothing!! It's just a squished horn, capped at both ends! I'm actually really happy with it and will post pictures this evening.
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    OK, pictures of the horn!









    So it's very raw and unfinished- leaves a lot of room for work! It's just a flat horn with plugs! It's perfect!!
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    hrmmmmmmm this gives me ideas....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthawk View Post
    It's a great starting point! No need to boil, bake and flatten your own horn.

    *Gasp!* What's the fun in that!?!?!?! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brasilikilt View Post
    *Gasp!* What's the fun in that!?!?!?! :-)
    It eliminates the need to stink the family out of the house for 3 or 4 days. You ever smell boiling horn? I have 2 litter boxes in my work room that smell better after being used, than boiling horn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthawk View Post
    It eliminates the need to stink the family out of the house for 3 or 4 days. You ever smell boiling horn? I have 2 litter boxes in my work room that smell better after being used, than boiling horn!
    I've made about 15-20 powder horns, and am quite familiar with the smell :-)
    For flat powder horns I've had better luck dunking the horn in hot veg. oil for a few seconds and then pressing between 2 flat boards with a vise and screw clamps.
    It's a lot less stinky and goes faster than a long boil in water.

    While these horns look like a good deal for the money, it's a lot more fun and satisfying to make your own...but that's just me :-)
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