More on the Green

I got the horn made for the Green River set...Since it represents a fairly early set, I wanted an early horn...and decided that a plain lip horn would fit the bill. These horns are suspended by holes drilled into an overhanging edge or "lip" left on the back edge of the horn, and typically they have a raised ring carved into the spout to attach a hanging strap at that end...its an early style horn with examples being common back into the 1750s...but by the 1800s I think the styly was largely supplanted because of the weakness of the design...if the lip is overly stressed, it can crack off potentially ruining the horn.

I had a nice large mostly black horn with a right handed, double twisted cast that seemed perfect for the job, and it worked up into a nice horn. Fitting the plug on a lip horn is always a challenge for me becuase I generally fashion the lip first then plug the horn, but this time I first fit the plug deep into the horn, maybe a half inch below the edge. I then removed it by rapping it loose with a copper rod inserted through the spout hole, and only then did I mark out and carv the lip!
Reinserting the plug was a breeze...live and learn I guess...or maybe its "even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes"...
TCA