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    Axis antler and snake pens

    I'm needing to replenish inventory at the art gallery.
    Had a chance to catch up on some shop time.
    Made these, among other things, to send.
    First is a shot of a hunk of Axis antler on the lathe. I love this stuff. Despite being a very hard material, it is almost solid bone all the way through. Not much marrow appears as it is turned down to pen proportions. Finished shows it on a bullet pen. The cartridge and bullet assembly is courtesy of our own Dale Johnson. He does a fine job making these. They are good sellers. My previous galleries would/could not sell anything made from animal products. (The 'why' is something I won't get into here)
    Second pen is a full-sized Gentleman in Tn gold color made from a rattlesnake skin. These sell well as gift items. I have been told they are as impressive as a status item in a board room as a Rolex watch. One client referred to these as "power pens".
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Axis on lathe.jpg   Axis bullet pen.jpg   snake Gent pen.jpg  
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    Looking good Frank..

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    Looks good Frank. Did you cast the snakeskin yourself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Looks good Frank. Did you cast the snakeskin yourself?
    Nope. Got from Glimmerz 'n Things.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Nice pens. Really like the snake skin. When i lived in NM i use to make all sorts of stuff out of rattle snake that i would kill and tan my self. Hat bands and knife cases mainly, but i have made other stuff out of the big 7 footers i killed.

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    Great job on both pens, Frank.

    So I guess it's safe to assume these aren't going into a PETA gallery?
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    Nice pens Frank.

    Vaughn why should PETA complain? I thought antlers were dropped each season so they available in the wild without doing anything to the animal no?
    cheers

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    very nice work. the antler/bullet pens look nice with a antler turned finial on them also. I definitely like the cartridge pens with the real bullet nibs, verses the ones with the fake nibs. Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Nice pens Frank.

    Vaughn why should PETA complain? I thought antlers were dropped each season so they available in the wild without doing anything to the animal no?
    Because, complaining is what PETA does.
    But, in reality, antlers (from deer) are rarely found in the woods. For whatever reason, in elk country they seem to be able to find a lot of sheds. This Axis deer antler was from a ranch in Texas that raises them. Several pieces were given to me by a friend. I do not know how they were harvested and don't care if they were from hunting or picked up sheds.
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    Well done, Frank. I like both of them.

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