Sunday, March 24, 2013

Re-Worked Powder Horn by David Crisalli

A ways back, I purchased a couple of really, really cheap horns for my then 9 and 13 year old nephews, basically to use as toys.  I overhauled one for the eldest a couple of years ago and it came out OK.  So not long ago the youngest one wanted his horn improved a little.  The first 5 pictures show the $17 horn as it started out.

I asked him if he had anything in mind for his horn and told him I probably could not do much engraving because the horn was so dark.  He's into pirates about now and wanted to know if I could do anything on the horn that was from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island".  I wasn't sure I could do much but said I would give it a try....I shouldn't have asked !

I made a new base plug, applied an antler tip, and made a couple of brass ring fittings to attach a strap.  The map is from one of the original contemporary drawings of the mythical Treasure Island and the ship is rigged like a mid 18th century "Hispaniola".  The stopper is turned rosewood and is supposed to look like a ship's stern lantern.  I tried to make the whole thing not look too cartoon like.  At any rate, this is how it came out......














Copy and photos supplied by David Crisalli.

3 comments:

  1. proof that some folks CAN make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. What an uncle!

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  2. Can you be my uncle? Nice improvements!

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  3. When I see those horns it makes me cringe, but I have to agree that is one cool horn...Nicely done.

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