Cracked Horn Spout - How to repair?

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Aldarith

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Hey friends,

I was fitting a plug to a new horn and managed to go a MM too far, cracking the spout.

I know this will be a simple fix, but want to hear your expert solutions before I pick one to execute.

How would you go about repairing such a crack?
 

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I would use a natural hide glue such as "Old Brown Glue" or Tite-Bond "Hide Glue" both are all natural, made from bovine hooves, consisting of collagen and urea. It has a short shelf life, but it is about as natural as you can get. A lot of guitar and violin makers and repairers use it, as well as furniture makers. Since it is natural from the animal, it will blend in with your repair with a little sanding and polishing, you won't even know it's there. It dries to a semi translucent light brown color. I've used it to fill in weevil holes on old neglected horns.
 

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Hey friends,

I was fitting a plug to a new horn and managed to go a MM too far, cracking the spout.

I know this will be a simple fix, but want to hear your expert solutions before I pick one to execute.

How would you go about repairing such a crack?
Glue of your choice and wrap the groove with copper or brass wire.
 

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I had a horn crack like that. I filed a groove around the circumference and poured a pewter ring. Filed it flush and it’s held for the past 10 years or so. I didn’t glue the crack but maybe I should have. Anyway, it works and looks cool too.
 

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A lot of traditional original horns with split ends were repaired with sewing thimbles with the small end of the thimble removed. Sewing thimbles were an item traders carried , where ever they went on the frontiers. There are examples pictured of this repair , in horn books. In actuality , a modern time repair would be good with the addition of some Epoxie glue, as well.
 
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If you do end up gluing it taping that whole area the horn around the perimeter of the crack with blue painters tape would be a good call. Helps on clean up!
 

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I figured on a crack when I made my horn so I drilled it out larger and glued in a round piece of deer antler then drilled it for my plug. About 60 years ago and it is still good.
 

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I finished up this Lyman kit. Stained it dark, draw filed and polished the barrel. Put a couple inlays and an overlay and can’t wait to try it out!!
 

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Forgot the pics
 

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