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nice looking horn!

if you go the route of the 'fiddle peg' stopper, check out the reamer, which will get the hole in the horn closer to the taper of the peg ... here's a link:

Violin Peg Hole Reamer 1:40 Taper Carton Steel with Wood Handle Luthier Tool - Walmart.com - Walmart.com

it's not traditional (if i remember correctly) and i've yet to see a violin peg in a museum.

you might also want to consider using a slightly larger peg (maybe a viola or 'cello) ... this will solve the bridging problem is you're using coarser powder (2F vs. 3F) ... bridging is where the powder doesn't flow evenly through the hole because the grains catch against one another and form a 'bridge' across the diameter of the hole... if you tap the horn, it breaks loose, but this is a pain in the neck ... your hole should be just big enough to avoid this problem ...

i personally think violin pegs look cool, and all of my horns have them ... never paid much attentio to the PC / HC folks ... if that floats their boat, more power to 'em (unless they try to bully me into following)
 

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nice looking horn!

if you go the route of the 'fiddle peg' stopper, check out the reamer, which will get the hole in the horn closer to the taper of the peg ... here's a link:

Violin Peg Hole Reamer 1:40 Taper Carton Steel with Wood Handle Luthier Tool - Walmart.com - Walmart.com

it's not traditional (if i remember correctly) and i've yet to see a violin peg in a museum.

you might also want to consider using a slightly larger peg (maybe a viola or 'cello) ... this will solve the bridging problem is you're using coarser powder (2F vs. 3F) ... bridging is where the powder doesn't flow evenly through the hole because the grains catch against one another and form a 'bridge' across the diameter of the hole... if you tap the horn, it breaks loose, but this is a pain in the neck ... your hole should be just big enough to avoid this problem ...

i personally think violin pegs look cool, and all of my horns have them ... never paid much attentio to the PC / HC folks ... if that floats their boat, more power to 'em (unless they try to bully me into following)
How dare you use violin pegs in a powder horn!!!!

Oh wait, half of mine have violin pegs...........

Never mind............ :)
 

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Nice start, but put that girl on a diet. Tip is waaaaay to thick. Slim her down at the spout, and you’ll like her a lot more.
 

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Nice! Staining can be done with many, many substances. Why not stick to something you can be sure will work?
 

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Okay, tried staining it with British Tan leather dye. Think I may have to go with something much darker.

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Okay, tried staining it with British Tan leather dye. Think I may have to go with something much darker.
If you like something with a little Red Color in it, then Fiebing's Medium Brown will do nicely. Enough coats will turn it pretty dark, to be sure.

If not, then their Dark Brown would be best for that color.

What you MIGHT want to do is by volume mix the Fiebing's Dye Color of your choice in a 1:1 ratio with rubbing alcohol. That will "thin down" the color and allow you to "sneak up" on the end color you wish by adding coats as you like.

Best of luck,
Gus
 

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Have you rounded the large end? A nice plug will make it shine. Going slow, that is the biggest asset of a hobbyist. Take the time to do it right.
 

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I've put it on hold for now, every stain I've used hasn't worked well no matter how many coats I've tried. Maybe I sanded the throat too fine, dunno. Putting it aside gives me time to mull it over in the back of my mind. I'm sure eventually that "ah ha" moment will come.
 
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