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Two new handles. This time there for me.

I finally got inspired to make two shave brush handles for myself. Of the many shave brush handles I've made I've only kept four for myself. Two of which I no longer have. I've had two cow horns I acquired from a friend for quite a while. He butchered one of his cows and saved the whole head for me. I went over and removed the horns and cleaned them myself. Not the easiest process if you aren't used to that sort of thing. A horn handle brush has been high on my want list for a very long time so it was worth the effort. One thing I had to figure out was a way to make the top of the wood stepped to fit up inside the bottom of the horn. It was important to be sure that the seam would be as tight as possible. Everything worked out fantastically. I picked Cocobolo for the one on the right. I've used Cocobolo many times and it is one of my favorites. The base wood on left is Lignum Vitae, also called Guayacan or Iron wood which is know as the hardest wood in the world. This was my first time working with Lignum Vitae. It is definitely hard and even this piece I've had for many years had a fair amount of natural oils in it. I definitely look forward to using it more. Boar is most likely going into the left which is a little bigger diameter but shorter. Horse is the most likely candidate for the one on the right. So now that I've made two handles for myself I just need to make a final decision on those knots.



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Very interesting that they have a slight angle but should still free stand on its end. I personally like the lighter looking wood myself or maybe its the lighting. Very different and nice, great personal touch.
 
Thank you everyone for the kind words. They were some of the most fun to make handles I've done yet.

I really like the cocobolo, it goes very nicely with the cow

The Cocobolo is a favorite of mine as well. I pray I never develop an allergy to working with it as I've heard an happen. I was definitely very impressed with the Iron wood wile working with it also and look forward to using it again. I also look forward to seeing how these handles age with time and use.
 

FarmerTan

FarmerStan the Man
You never cease to amaze me. How did you get those photos? They look like they are illuminated from within.

Absolutely beautiful. Another wood that impresses me with it's density is Locust wood. Burns hotter than Hickory I swear.
 
You never cease to amaze me. How did you get those photos? They look like they are illuminated from within.

Absolutely beautiful. Another wood that impresses me with it's density is Locust wood. Burns hotter than Hickory I swear.
Thank you. Locust is a cool wood. I need to try turning some. I've really liked doing dark background photos with the lighting like this.
 
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