The story begins with a grandson trying to preserve the history of his family. The young man's grandfather received the longhorn mount as a thank you gift from the contractor who built the grandfather's house. As the story often goes, houses come and houses go, those things we grew up holding dear become the possessions of others. We are left with memories and those smaller mementos that can be removed from the wall and stuffed in a box. I feel a sudden connection as I write this article because it parallels the story of my life. I have only a vague memory of my grandfather but the trade that flowed through his veins has been passed from one generation to the next. I too, am trying to preserve the history of my family. Even though it has fallen off the wall so many times I think it has more glue and cracks than anything else, it still resembles my family history, no matter how broken it might appear.
This is the story of how I repaired the longhorn that came loose from the wall and became a victim of gravity.
The right horn was completely broken loose and the left horn cracked near the base and was loosely attached. I decided to repair both horns.
First step was to remove both horns and save the nails and brads to use for later. I then screwed several long screws into the wooden base. The screws give a little something extra for the bondo to grab.
Next step was to mix up plenty of bondo to fill the cavity of the horns then slide back onto the wood and hold in place until the bondo cured.
After the horns are attached, to make it look pretty, I used the saved brads and nails to reattach the trim pieces. I cleaned the horns and leather with Liquid Gold furniture polish.
This is a simple method to repair those precious family heirlooms. As the majority of my memories of my father include driving to the hardware store, so too, can all the supplies for this project be found at your local hardware store.