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Ron Niziolek 16-Nov-23
nowheels 16-Nov-23
pav 17-Nov-23
fuzzy 17-Nov-23
Bowboy 17-Nov-23
Dale06 17-Nov-23
Supernaut 17-Nov-23
Mad Trapper 17-Nov-23
sitO 17-Nov-23
midwest 17-Nov-23
axle2axle 17-Nov-23
Charlie Rehor 17-Nov-23
Supernaut 17-Nov-23
Zbone 20-Nov-23
Zackman 21-Nov-23
Ron Niziolek 21-Nov-23
BULELK1 21-Nov-23
hdaman 21-Nov-23
Zbone 21-Nov-23
Ron Niziolek 21-Nov-23
Ron Niziolek 21-Nov-23
t-roy 21-Nov-23
Zbone 21-Nov-23
From: Ron Niziolek
16-Nov-23

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I just finished a project that I have been thinking about for a few years. What to do with ivories from some of my bulls?.

I used one of the elk sheds I’d found, measured it for where to put sets, decided which ones to use and where to put them.

I cut the ivories down to size, leaving what I’ll describe as a tab on the bottom. Then I carefully dremmeled slots in the antler to receive those tabs. (I figured they would hold better that way and also provide some structural integrity). Since no tabs were ever the same, it was crucial to keep them organized.

Once all of them were dry-fitted, I hit the antler with a quick coat of stain and then glued the ivories in. I didn’t keep track of my hours but had considerable time into it. Pretty happy with how it turned out!

From: nowheels
16-Nov-23
Very nice! Great idea with the stain, it gives it just the right color tone.

From: pav
17-Nov-23
That's original! Looks great Ron!

From: fuzzy
17-Nov-23
Wow! That's beautiful.

From: Bowboy
17-Nov-23
Very nice.

From: Dale06
17-Nov-23
Nice! You’ve done well elk hunting.

From: Supernaut
17-Nov-23
Very nice!

From: Mad Trapper
17-Nov-23
Great idea!

From: sitO
17-Nov-23
Like it, they kinda look like tracks too, nice work!

17-Nov-23
That looks great. Next one. You could run them length wise and staggered to resemble elk tracks

From: midwest
17-Nov-23
Way cool, Ron!

I thought you were making a cribbage board at first!

From: axle2axle
17-Nov-23
What a cool piece of art...and a great conversation piece! I'm impressed by the number of elk you killed just to get the raw materials. Must be some great adventure stories behind each set of ivories. Nicely done!

17-Nov-23
Great idea, I’ll be able to do all mine on a Pennsylvania spike:)

From: Supernaut
17-Nov-23
Charlie, we call those PA 11 points ; )

From: Zbone
20-Nov-23
Very nice... Curious, was the shed bleached or already colored? If you stained it, you did a great job...

From: Zackman
21-Nov-23
I’ll take one Ron! I just need the elk antlers and ivories donated so you can make one for me!

From: Ron Niziolek
21-Nov-23
Haha Zack, it does take a long time to acquire them!

Zbone , thanks. The antler was brown but for display, either like this project or making lamps or chandeliers, a quick coat of stain just makes it pop a little more. I wipe it off within seconds.

From: BULELK1
21-Nov-23
Kool idea man.

Maybe a winter project for me to try and do.

Good luck, Robb

From: hdaman
21-Nov-23
Unique and very well done!

From: Zbone
21-Nov-23
Thank Ron, looks great...

Can I ask what stain you used to make it pop like that?

From: Ron Niziolek
21-Nov-23
I’ve used provincial many times. This one was early American. It’s a touch lighter

From: Ron Niziolek
21-Nov-23
I’ve used provincial many times. This one was early American. It’s a touch lighter

From: t-roy
21-Nov-23
Looks nice, Ron!

From: Zbone
21-Nov-23
Thanks Ron...

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