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Offline Spotted Bull

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Leather Wrapped Horns?
« on: June 24, 2010, 12:37:53 AM »
I was looking at the pics on the blog and found the one of the old leather wrapped horn?  Was that very common and is that two pieces of leather?

Hay I may be able to do a horn like that!?!
Within this horn their doth abide
A dost to humble tyrants pride
Then let us rise and play our part
And bloody tirants to the heart
The Lord will shield us in the fight
And we shall put our foes to flight
Then Freedom shall be ours forever more
And Liberty resound from shore to shore

Offline Mark Elliott

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010, 12:48:15 AM »
Those were done to repair a horn with a hole worn in it or a crack.    The originals that I have seen were wrapped in one pieces of leather stretched very tight around the horn.   There was one line of stitching.   I have only seen very thin hides applied and they must have been applied wet.  

As to how common they are, I have seen them often enough.   As to a percentage, someone else will have to answer that.   

Mark E.

« Last Edit: June 24, 2010, 12:52:55 AM by Mark Elliott »

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010, 12:54:40 AM »
   That on an old horn is to repair a crack. On recent horns, it is usually a faux repair, or sometimes, still a real repair in order to still be able to sell it, and have it look correct as a repaired old horn. Oh yeah, usually doe skin rawhide, stitched wet.

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010, 01:13:15 AM »
 Here's a couple. (These are originals) Done for repair I'm sure, Somewhere I saw one that had a squirrel skin complete with ears on it.

 Tim C.



« Last Edit: June 24, 2010, 03:31:24 PM by Tim Crosby »

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2010, 01:27:15 AM »
Question is which end of the squirrel was the stopper stuck into??? ;D
Within this horn their doth abide
A dost to humble tyrants pride
Then let us rise and play our part
And bloody tirants to the heart
The Lord will shield us in the fight
And we shall put our foes to flight
Then Freedom shall be ours forever more
And Liberty resound from shore to shore

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2010, 07:01:19 AM »
Tim
I think the horn with the squirel skin patch is in Powder Horns and their Architecture by Grant.  Now that would be a neat horn to duplicate.  Unless your a squirel.
Steve
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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2010, 02:54:03 PM »
Question is which end of the squirrel was the stopper stuck into??? ;D

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Offline Spotted Bull

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2010, 03:12:32 PM »
Question is which end of the squirrel was the stopper stuck into??? ;D

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Within this horn their doth abide
A dost to humble tyrants pride
Then let us rise and play our part
And bloody tirants to the heart
The Lord will shield us in the fight
And we shall put our foes to flight
Then Freedom shall be ours forever more
And Liberty resound from shore to shore

Offline Chuck Burrows

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2010, 04:03:17 PM »
IMO deer or elk rawhide works even better than leather and was fairly common fixit especially in the West. Rawhide will work fine even in areas where it's wetter/more humid if it's sealed with varnish.
As noted it's done with one piece of hide normally - I like to use the so-called baseball stitch which is PC - the rawhide wrapped Mariano Modena/Medina horn was sewn thusly.
I've done several over the years - here's one from a few years ago - it was actually to repair the horn where it had been scraped/sanded through, making a couple of nice holes. You can see the stitching along the top - my preferred method, but some folks like the seam along the bottom.



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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2010, 04:05:41 PM »
Do you cut the leather a little small while dry, then wet it and sew it real snug while wet and let it dry to get that tight form fitted look? 
Within this horn their doth abide
A dost to humble tyrants pride
Then let us rise and play our part
And bloody tirants to the heart
The Lord will shield us in the fight
And we shall put our foes to flight
Then Freedom shall be ours forever more
And Liberty resound from shore to shore

Offline Chuck Burrows

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Re: Leather Wrapped Horns?
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2010, 04:10:16 PM »
With the rawhide I cut a little large, wet it to the correct temper, and then use a couple of spots of glue (traditionally hot hide glue or you can "cheat" and use Super Glue-the gel works best) to hold it in place and then trim as I go along - once it dries it will draw up drum tight.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.