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    Horn Carving Instructions

    I was looking for ways to coat my drinking horn, and I came across this really great article about horn carving and coating.

    Period Drinking Horns : Being a synopsis on how drinking horns were made and carved with period tools and how similarily can be done in modern times
    “Prompt in his office, the man who held the horn of bright mead poured out its sweetness.” From the story of Beowulf 5th to 6th century
    Possessing a drinking horn is more than just having a container for your drink, it is a important accessory in defining yourself. This article will provide you with some useful information on what drinking horns are, how they were made and how they can be made now.
    Here is the full PDF article
    All things must come to the soul from it's roots, from where it is planted. The that is beside the running water is fresher, and gives more fruit.

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    A Drinking Horn sounds awesome I want one for Christmas. The other cool thing about it is if there is ever a fight I can pick it up and crack someone over the head with it. I am sure the original users of the Drinking Horn utilized it for such a purpose many a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeistFaust View Post
    A Drinking Horn sounds awesome I want one for Christmas. The other cool thing about it is if there is ever a fight I can pick it up and crack someone over the head with it. I am sure the original users of the Drinking Horn utilized it for such a purpose many a time.
    I do not know if they were used as weapons but they are really easy to come by. I bought mine in a metaphysical store, as I do not have the resources to make one from scratch. I just coated mine with bees wax, and it now smells like honey which will go nice with the mead
    All things must come to the soul from it's roots, from where it is planted. The that is beside the running water is fresher, and gives more fruit.

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    There's a cool mead brewery/cafe near me (http://starrlightmead.com) that sells drinking horns for a reasonable amount - I may just have to pick one up! (along with a case or two of mead )

    I'd love to attempt to carve my own, as I'm sure it would be quite a spiritual experience. However, I'm not the most artistic man - someone has to appreciate the art, right?

    What runes (if any) would you adorn your horn with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weitgereister View Post

    What runes (if any) would you adorn your horn with?
    I would have to say Ansuz, Sowulo, Isa, Dagaz, Othila
    All things must come to the soul from it's roots, from where it is planted. The that is beside the running water is fresher, and gives more fruit.

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    How does one carve them as they are pretty thin, at least the one's I saw in a Texas cowboy shop. (they were for decoration and from longhorns).

    I think the idea of drinking mead from a horn is to get a connection to the horned God and mead (spiced up with psychedelic herbs like Bilsenkraut) will catapult one immidiately into the sphere of the Gods. Though not to get drunk like people get today but in a religious meaning to get catapult into a state where you easily can communicate with the gods whithout getting regularly drunk. (comparable to the tobacco smoking of our indian friends when they hold council and do important deliberations)

    It is known that before people held Thing there was a horn making the round. The council mead was loaded with different herbs in the mead which the participants, full grown men and head of clans and families, used to elevate themselves into the sphere of the Gods to get useful intuitions so the advice and Rat which was found was in line with the Gods. For that of course, no orderly drunkeness was permitted. The free and strong people kept a sort of control while being in a higher state and then had different insights.

    If one is using a horn to drink ordinary alcohol that is neo-paganism and not what our ancestors did.

    Might be enjoyable though.
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    How does one carve them as they are pretty thin, at least the one's I saw in a Texas cowboy shop. (they were for decoration and from longhorns).
    You just hand pick one which is thicker. I have a big blowing horn I am gonna decorate.

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    There are different ways to coat, or not to coat a horn for use. The one I use, fill with bleach and let sit overnight, drain, rinse. If need be, repeat. Fill with mead or a beer and let sit overnight, drain, rinse. If need be, repeat. No wax or other substance is needed to line the horn. Some people use chemicals or shellacs, bad idea. Also, wax sometimes degrades or chips off or even bubbles up. Then you have to deal with the way the horn is anyways or recoat.

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    On thickness of horns, they may seem thin, but are not. I have ground down a buffalo horn for use as a cup and took off lots of layers and still had some, same with a cow horn I had. And still carved into them.

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    Mine is extremely thin, but I bought it already hollowed out, so I just coated it. I am hoping that the beeswax stays on it, because it was a challenge to spread it out evenly inside the horn.
    All things must come to the soul from it's roots, from where it is planted. The that is beside the running water is fresher, and gives more fruit.

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