Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Boiling cow/bull horns for powder flask?

Roger Dunn
>A neighbor asked me to turn the stopper end and the pouring end with a plug for a bull horn to use for black powder shooting. The horn at the 'stopper' large end is oval in cross section so I'd have to turn a tenon for the large end and then shape it to fit inside the horn. I thought about boiling the horn to soften it up and then insert a round tenon into it but am leery that when a boiled horn cools and tries to take it's old oval form it will split apart like a hunk of Madrone. Has anyone done this exercise and is boiling an option or do I need to just shape the tenon and give it back to him?

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