I have the very vague thought that if soaked, it's possible to
slice it lengthwise into layers but I have no real
You can soak bovine horn and delaminate it, but it's a touchy
process, and no two horns will behave quite the same.
As someone else has noted, when carving skeletal materials, do wear
breathing protection, especially for sanding or any power tool
operation. The dust from antler, horn, bone and the like is bad to
breath for a number of reasons.
Typically, think working wood, in terms of how it behaves. Sand it
out to your satisfaction (I generally stop at 400 to 600), then go
with tripoli followed by red rouge or zam (which is my preference).
When using power tools for polishing, use a very light touch,
skeletal materials will go from hot to a burnt spot with little
warning, plus they are very soft, relatively speaking, and it's very
easy to obliterate your details.
Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL
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