Yesterday I did all the sanding and detailing of my manzanita net. Also, as mentioned earlier, I needed to work around the handle, which was bent at the wrong angle. So, I decided to cut off the portion of the handle which was bent and replace that with a deer antler tip.
After my post, Stephen recently sent me some antler tips (Many thanks Stephen!), and one of them will work beautifully with the frame. Its colors match the manzanita wood very well. I also did some minor shaving off the bottom part of the manzanita, and the manzanita almost looks like part of the handle (more pictures later on)
Yesterday I measured the antler tip and the wood to see the places where I should cut both. This was intellectual work, it's important to measure it carefully (measure twice, cut once, as they say). Since the antler is not perfectly round it's also important to measure the wider and thinner parts of the antler and find the most suitable place to cut it.
I didn't take a picture of the Manzanita's widest measure, but it's pretty close to the antler's wide measure. It's also important to remember that the wood can be cut to fit the antler, so cut the antler just a tad thinner than the wood if needed.
Also, keep in mind any angles on the wood and the antler, they will need to match and provide a good final angle.
A lot of work has been put into these already and cutting the antler is not easy. So, whatever people decide to do, spend a few minutes analyzing the shapes and sizes of the materials to be used and cut. Once cut it's difficult to cut it again and get good matching pieces.
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