I use antler in all my decorating...

I attempted turning antler (generously donated by my brother-in-law) over the weekend, and again tonight. First impressions: it is hard to locate sections which are "straight" enough to house a brass tube for the barrel, it stinks like burning hair when it is sawed and drilled, voids in the material guarantee a not so smooth surface, it is absolutely beautiful when polished and assembled. Despite the smell and the difficulties setting the tubes, it turns very much like regular wood. The only difference is that I will put on several coats of CA glue and sand it with micro mesh to 12,000 grit before applying a heavy coat of wax.

In other news, I finally decided on a woodworking site name: Amazingly Rustic. It is going to be mostly galleries of past projects, as well as items I intend to sell. I have many people who have been asking for custom turned pens and want to see my work, and my blog site is a little too scattered to navigate efficiently.