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Working day at Mike Tuck's workshop May 2014
 
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This was a day where our members could learn to make a buffalo horn stick without having to worry about using jigs & fixtures to form it. The idea was to come equipped with a pre-formed horn blank and a shank with collare and spacers as required.

Only about six of our own members made the effort to come along but we did just about manage to outnumber the Caleva group and their four members, altogether it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable day spent in good company.

I had a horn blank which I'd purchased from Charles Hutcheon at the Dorset Do last year and I spent most of the day refining and polishing it's shape. Charlie showed me how to heat it up and bring the nose in to make it into a proper market stick. With the aid of a silver collar I joined the head to the shank and then the next day I varnished it with my favourite water-based varnish. It looks great and it will used in my next talk on Thursday to illustrate the stages involved in producing the stick from a raw horn.

David Taylor
David with Dremel
David Taylor leader of the Caleva Stickmakers
Close up of david with his dremel
David Taylors sticks
David Taylor instructing
some of David's work being admired by our members david Taylor instructs on horn bending
Mikes workshop
the scene under mike's car port looking towards the workshop