Welcome to Project Gridless!
Hello! Project Gridless is dedicated to off the grid living, foraging / hunting / gardening for food, traditional survival skills and modern tips for alternative energy. Please Follow, Subscribe or Like.
Antler Thumb Ring for Archery
Well I know of a place that sells antlers. Bulk Barn sells antlers as chew toys for dogs, but in the hands of someone with carving tools - like yourself? - then you can carve yourself a nice archery thumb ring.
Carving several thumb rings out of antler is now on my DIY list. A single large antler piece should be enough for me to carve 4 - 6 thumb rings.
You can make your own archery thumb rings out of a variety of materials... Melted pennies (zinc/copper), antler, bone, ivory, stone, wood, steel, aluminum, plastic, old spoons, etc. Basically any hard material that can be carved smooth can be made into a good thumb ring.
HOW TO MAKE AN ARCHERY THUMB RING OUT OF ANTLER
To make your own archery thumb ring the most important step will be measuring your thumb so you know what size to make your thumb ring.
Cut your antler into various pieces, each large enough for a thumb - some of them may not fit your thumb, but you can sell any extras you make for a tidy profit to people who want their own antler thumb ring.
You can experiment with different shapes if you want, but I have gone for the classic thumb ring shape.
NOTE - Do NOT soften your antlers in water before cutting them with any soft of saw. It will guck up your saw and be a mess to clean. Only soften the antlers in water when your are ready to carve with a knife.
On a wooden board (so you don't damage your work bench) drill your thumb rings using a 1/2 inch drill bit and use a set of vice grips to hold the antler pieces steady while you work. Drill the holes all the way through.
You can even widen the holes further by using a larger drill bit or by angling the drill bit slowly in different angles to smooth / widen out the hole.
Soak your antler pieces in water for at least half an hour to soften them up a bit. Myself I soaked them in hot water, figuring that a little extra heat would soften them up faster.
Technically it is preferable to soak antler for a week before carving, but I was in a hurry. Another possibility is to boil them in water for an hour - which I felt was excessive, but whatever. Soaking them in hot water worked just fine for me.
Carve each thumb ring individually using a very sharp carving knife. Be careful not to cut yourself. As you carve periodically check to see if the thumb ring will fit your thumb. When it starts fitting your thumb carve it according to your personal comfort levels.
If you a rasp or files use those too. They're very handy for this kind of work. I am also periodically using very coarse sandpaper to smooth down some of the bits, but a file works faster.
Be careful not to make your thumb ring too big, otherwise it will slide around on your thumb too much.
If you take a break or leave your work for several days you will need to repeat Step Four before resuming Step Five again.
Polish your near finished thumb rings using fine sandpaper.
NOTE - Wait until the antlers are completely dry. Sandpaper polishing antlers that were recently soaked in water doesn't work very well.
Step Seven (Optional)
Cut a groove into the flat side of your thumb ring where your bowstring can hook into. Some archers like having a groove there so the bowstring doesn't slide around as much - some archers don't like the groove, saying it causes problems during the release. It is up to you.
NOTE - Antler dust SMELLS HORRIBLE. I know Koreans love drinking antler dust tea as a curative for arthritis and similar ailments, but I can only assume it also tastes horrible. Open a window and remember to clean up after you are done to get rid of the smell.
Popular Posts during the Last Year
#1. Lets first stop and determine what OFF THE GRID actually means. The term off-the-grid (OTG) or off-grid refers to living in a self-suf...
Honestly the process of buying shipping containers is easy. They cost between $2,000 and $5,000, depending on where you buy from and size....
Below are 12 different architectural styles of Off Grid Homes that are part of the growing trend of "Off Grid Living". The Re...
Below is a selection of videos and photos about compound bows that have been made out of wood - which is unusual since most compound bows th...
There is an unlimited number of ways a person can design an off the grid home when it comes to architecture. They might design it like a log...
#1. EcoProperty.ca / http://www.ecoproperty.ca/ Eco Property sells a variety of properties for people looking for off the grid homes. &q...
My woodworking project this winter has been an experiment in how to make a homemade crossbow. Below are some photos of the project as it is ...
So, you are looking to buy some cheap land in Ontario - preferably to build an off grid home. What are your options for finding land that is...
For fun I decided to Google the words: archery nuclear apocalypse usefulness And then I clicked image search. At the time I did this I g...
This is my 100th post of Project Gridless. As such I think I should point out some of the most popular posts during the past year, but als...