2019 – The Year of Horn
As many of our customers know, we have been wanting, planning and working on making horn buttons for some time. But it hasn’t been easy. When we acquired the last remaining specialist horn button making machines in the country after James Grove’s demise in 2012, we discovered we had everything except for one critical (as it turned out) machine – a horn grinder.
It doesn’t sound much, but what it does is prepare the diameters of each and every blank to be turned so that they are all identical in size. You wouldn’t think that a 1 or 1.5mm difference in diameter is important, until you try it. And then you realise that the collets which pick up the blanks and introduce them to the cutters don’t do so properly. It means that some blanks aren’t loaded at all, others are loaded at angles, others are still get stuck and won’t release. And this has caused us an unbelievable amount of frustration, down-time and despair. So much so, that we have regularly postponed our efforts to keep up with other orders.
But, things are about to change. Having just returned from meetings with the good folks at Bonetti in Italy, we are now making plans to have the very latest horn grinding machine sent over soonest. It will need some training and some commissioning before it will be ready to use, but this is a major new development for us. Not only is it the first new machine order we’ve placed, but it is designed to help us make the highest quality horn buttons in the UK once again so that we can finally supply those who have been patient in the wait. More news to follow-soon………