A couple of months ago I found a deer skull with antlers still attached (not big buck antlers, but small, single prong ?? antlers). I brought it home thinking I would do something with it, but I haven’t made any progress. I cut one of the antlers off the skull, but I don’t really know what to do with it. I thought about making a knife out of one of the antlers if this is the right kind of material for that. How would I shape the antler? Should I just scrape at it with a rock for hours/days? Or do you have other suggestions for what I should do with these things.
If you don’t mind using modern tools, you can use all sort of different files to shape your antler.
They are also good for knocking flakes off chert and for pressure flaking.
I’ve made crochet hooks out of those spike deer antlers. I don’t have a picture of them but here’s a crochet hook I made for my wife out of a bear penis bone. I used files to shape them. She really likes this one.
There’s an unlimited amount of “bad” jokes that can be made concerning this crochet hook.
No, no, you’ve got it all wrong… those would be “good” jokes.