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Old 06-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #7
jim e
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Making a plastic awl out of a scrap piece of poly works well lubed with the chap stick as mentioned. Take the poly awl out and folow with the gut tip.

Also , once you cut the tip of the gut to a sharp point, you can use some super glue to the tip, only a small amount, then spray it with super glue accelerator and that will set it up immediately. Now the tip is stiff to push it through.

I string a lot of nat. gut, and usually all is needed is to cut a well flattened tip of the gut to a sharp point is all that is needed, and push in small increments.Flatten that tip with your starting clamp before you cut to a sharp angle.With a razor blade you can cut a very sharp angled point. It may take a little time, but will save time in the end.
Once in a great while I resort to the poly awl technique, but the above works 90+ % of the time .
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