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Requested by my father, a salmon from the tip of a deer antler. I've been using files and a cheap chisel set with this, but all I seem to accomplish is more cuts on my hands. However, when wet it is much easier to manipulate. This is still in it's primitive stages.

Thank you for your time,



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Hi Bella,


Have you looked at the kind of tool style that Stephen Myhre's book has introduced to carvers? For me, using these tools is a great asset to my tool selection whether carving wood, mammoth tusk or antler.


Go here to see my early Myhre style tools (among others) which were made from easy to find materials. Not the kind to ooo and ahhh over, just high speed drill bit butt ends, and pin punches from Sears, but they work and it was easy to get started. They may not hold the edge of a fine tool steel but so far they have worked well for me.


I may have used a rotary tool on very low, with water just under the grinding place, to dip the stone and the tool in to keep it all cool. I have also used only whet stones, with water, to grind the small ones.


This is a video showing how I use some of the Myhre style tools. A couple of the tools were actually made by Stephen Myhre.


There have been discussions on the forum about his tools and how such tools could be made. They are basically three sided, whether isosceles (two sides wider than the third), or equilateral. Your choice is between a narrow angle or a broad angle for the third edge. The other two edges are also for carving with but differently than the narrow angle.


The narrow angle I seem to use for closer to being done scraping or, since it is a longer edge, for broader flattening scraping strokes. The other tool with a wider angle is used for scraping/removal.


Each tool becomes a part of your experience package, and your mind will decide which one to reach for as you are carving. I believe that this sort of tool would be an asset to your carving/scraping of the antler. Chisels may have a small part to play with carving antler, but scraping/carving is a very good technique to learn and to use with very hard, dense materials.



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