Making a Lanthorn




  1. Take the lightest, translucent, hollow portion of an ox or steer horn (these being the thinnest)
  2. Soak this in water for a month
  3. Saw it, split it and press it into plates
  4. Take a short, edge bladed round nosed knive called a "lift" and use it to delaminate the layers (Purportedly up to 12 layers can be gotten from a thick horn).
  5. The Horn may be clarified by coating both sides with tallow, and pressing it between hot irons, thinning it further.
  6. The finished leaves are scraped with steel scrapers, buffed on a polishing wheel, then slightly moistened with vinager and a buffing compound, finally being polished by a buffing compound applied by the palm of the hand (Historically the horns were buffed with charcoal and water applied with part of an old beaver hat - the final polish being given by wood ashes applied with the hand).
Horn plates and leaves should be stored at an even temperature lest they become speckled and mildewed.


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Using and working with Horn - Making a Lanthorn. Copyright 2001 I. Marc Carlson
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