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Offline Kary

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Old horn
« on: September 07, 2020, 03:08:18 AM »
 I picked this up at the local flea market/ coon dog trials this weekend. The base plug had shrunk some, Oddly enough the pour spout wasnít completely drilled though either and it has 5 small holes drilled on the bottom curve in a row , spaced evenly apart.  Iím going to finish it off as a powder horn even though it seems that not whatís its intentions originally were.




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Re: Old horn
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2020, 03:09:01 AM »
Iíll probably secure the pour spout end of the strap with a staple...

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2020, 04:08:38 AM »
Nice size and shape. Good find!
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Re: Old horn
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2020, 04:34:05 AM »
Thanks Rich! You think a staple near the pour spout would be the best way for a strap attachment? I really really donít want to go messing with the shape and architecture of this horn.

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2020, 04:37:10 AM »
I think a staple is definitely the way to go with that shape horn.
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Re: Old horn
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2020, 04:39:52 AM »
Thumbs up! Your input is appreciated sir!

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2020, 05:52:21 AM »
Nice! A beeís wax, pressed and gently melted into the holes, will seal up a horn nicely.

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2020, 06:24:40 AM »
Iím thinking about somthing a little more permanent. I have kicked around the idea of toothpicks epoxied in the small holes, or possibly mixing up epoxy and adding some horn dust, when the mixture is drying to the point I can roll it up into small balls I could then press that into the holes. Just for the record we are talking about 4 or 5 small holes about the diameter of the smaller end of a tapered, round toothpick. So the holes are fairly small and should be no issue to fill and make look ď rightĒ.
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Kary

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2020, 03:18:51 PM »
 Couple questions: Got a Pic of the holes? How is the base held in? If the spout wasn't drilled all the way through how far in does it go? Obviously not used as a powder horn, I wonder what it was used for?

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2020, 04:49:49 PM »
Iíll take some photos later of the holes, Tim, the pour spout hole was drilled about 3 inches in, and then it bottomed out. The base plug was/ is held in by what looks like tooth picks or locust thorns,at least thatís the shape of them. the deterioration is bad enough I canít really tell exactly what they are.
My best guess about this horn; the builder started it as a horn, then realized he lacked the tools to drill or burn through the spout, it doesnít have a way to secure a strap toward the spout.. so maybe the builder gave up on it and had planned on finishing the drilling process later and forgot about it never finishing it completley?
At present, Iíve burnt the pour spout hole completely through and have redone the base plug and secured it with wooded tooth picks, Iím trying to figure out how Iím going to attach a wire to the horn body to secure my strap. Also not 100 percent sure how I will fill in those pesky 5 tiny holes to make invisible.

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2020, 07:37:57 PM »


There are 5 holes in all, spaced evenly apart.

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2020, 09:39:42 PM »
 Wonder if it was on a display of some sort. You could drill those holes out to a size that would fit a round tooth pick, clip the end off, sand it smooth, put a little glue on it and push it in even with the surface then wipe it off with a wet towel.
 As for a way to retain the strap a horn ring would look good, the staple is a good idea but it may not hold unless you cut some barbs on the legs, push it in then pull it out to set them.

  Tim

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2020, 03:27:03 AM »
Iíd go with the epoxy horn dust method. It works well
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Re: Old horn
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2020, 10:15:55 PM »




Well after working on it several times to open the throat of the horn, FINALLY... success! I used a staple  to hold the strap in place. I also epoxied the base plug and replaced the nails that were missing with new ones, then I sealed up the base plug with bees wax.... then I restained the base plug and polished it all up... It turned out pretty nice over all.

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2020, 12:21:07 AM »
 Nice job, looks good.

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2020, 03:59:13 AM »
Thanks Tim, your input and so forth is and was much appreceiated.

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Re: Old horn
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2020, 04:53:59 AM »
 hi, i have an old horn with brass tacks down the length of the bottom edge , maybe thats what the small holes were for   ????