Does any one have a suggestion on how I can take the curve out
of horn? I need a fairly large (1" x 3" ) perfectly flat piece of
horn and all that I have is curved. If I soften it to flatten it
using hot -boiling water, it delaminates when I try to flatten it.
Any help greatfully accepted.
It may be the piece of horn that you have. If you have a piece of
cowhorn that’s too old and dried out, the delamination process has
already started and the hot water simply finishes the job. The ideal
horn for that type of flattening is one that’s not too recently
removed from the animal.
The old-timey process involved boil times as long as 1-1/2 to 2 hours
followed by an application of dry heat to evaporate the excess water
(held over a fire with tongs) before the horn was cut and flattened.
Ron Charlotte – Gainesville, FL
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