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I am suprised you dont have antlers thats easy to get. It seems readily available here.

Your have a abundance of natural wild life and venision meat .

there are quite a few deer parks here and they are oftern culled and most parts of the animal are used

Alot of the deer is also bred for the hunting fraternity particularly in scotland which is where most of the antler comes from
 

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It appears that there is a big demand for antler and horn from the states and the dog food industry which is causing a bit of a shortage and pushing prices up , But its cheaper to buy thumb stick blanks than water buffalo horn but think both altler thumb stick blanks are reasonable to buy .There are some good water buffalo collars about now both the drum and barrel shapes but only have a 1inch internal diameter
 

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theres a few people carving antler tine and they oftern use one side of the tine to make into a whistle ist pretty straight forward to do.

If any of you have the book stickmaking a complete course its in there.
 
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