Most people describing the horn along the leading edge of the sole of a pre-1900 long nose golf club call it 'ramshorn'. Most of the clubs through the 19th century used a whitish translucent horn actually derived from cattle rather than the horns found on rams from Scotland.
|Tom Morris putter, left, circa 1870.|
Replica putter, right, with beech head and approximately 1/8" thick horn
|1/8" thick translucent horn cut with a Plexiglas cutter. |
The horn behaves similar to Plexiglas except for an odor.
Mark out mortise for horn with a marking knife.
Make the lines deep.
Also score a line with a marking gauge along the bottom of the face
a bit less than the thickness of the horn.
|Chisel out the waste. Go slowly. This process takes quite a bit of time.|
You could also consider using a hand router or electric trim router with fence.
|The horn is curved with heat prior to gluing to better conform to the slightly curved sole.|
There is a slight inward taper of the wall to lock in the horn, which has a complimentary dovetail-like taper
|Holes are bored through both the horn and clubhead.|
Ensure that the peg holes are angled back toward the rear of the club.
This will keep the horn better seated as the club contacts the ground.
|Clamps can be placed between the pegs.|
|The pegs are made of hickory or other hardwoods. I use the dowel plate seen in the background.|
|Play club made of pear wood.|