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I have part of an elk antler that I'm using is a handle. Where they had cut the Antler off there is a 3 1/2 inch long by 1" wide porous place where the marrow is. I will be mounting on a piece of cherry which will then be mounted on to the cane. Is marrow strong enough to drill then use threaded rod epoxyed or do I need to dig it out and fill with something first? I have experience with wood but 0 experience with antler. Thanks
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I'll leave this question for those better qualified. However, I wish to offer other advise. Using your email address as a username can attract a lot of unwanted attention.
 

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You're going to want to dig it out around the mounting point and fill it with something stronger like epoxy or Bondo. There's also Milliput, a sort of epoxy based putty. The marrow is soft and spongy and won't hold up for long on it's own.

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Another solution, I have only read about, in addition to the suggestions Rodney shared is drilling the hole for the rod or dowel you are going to use to attach the antler to the shank. Then fill the hole to the rim with liquid resin, being careful not to over fill the hole. And letting it absorb in the pith or marrow. Or cleaning out the marrow to the depth needed and shaping a wooden plud to fit and epoxy in to the hole. Then drilling and installing the rod in it.
 
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