I have been messing around with antler and trying to get a new design more my personal decision rather than use or copy someone else. I may find out after completing it that there are hundreds out there like it, but hey, that is me, spending my time reinventing the wheel!
First of all, my "design in mind" led me to learn to do a closed end pen. My medium of choice is antler so obviously what the pens are made of. One of the reasons for antler predominance is I was asked to put my work in the Conservation Building at the county fair this coming summer. I see some possible jobs/work if I present it correctly. So besides the "design" I am putting together a number of antler pieces (pens at the moment) to create the inner need of the sportsmen to turn some of their less than desired or smaller antlers into something and me being the one asked to do the creation. So, over the course of the next few months as time allows, you might start seeing more antler items from me.
I did not know anything about collet chucks or tapered shafts or whatever it is to do closed end turnings when I started this project so I did all of these using only an adjustable mandrel and regular turning tools.