Antlers: A Guide to Collecting, Scoring, Mounting, and Carving, 2nd Edition has been both an interesting and informative read. You don’t have to be a hunter or sportsman to understand that antlers are a wonderful material for crafts and home decoration. Just search on Pinterest and you’ll discover several boards that display uses for this natural and renewable resource. I have used whitetail dear antlers for several projects which I list a few blog posts on this site.
The book, Antlers by Dennis Walrod will show you the following things:
- How antlers grow and develop on a male deer.
- The public’s fascination with antlers.
- How to search for and acquire antler sheds.
- How to measure and score antler racks.
- Ways to carve antler and its use for crafts and art.
- Antler’s medical value.
- Antlers and wildlife management.
The book is primarily written for sportsmen, collectors, and craftsmen. But you don’t have to be into hunting to acquire antlers and reap the benefits. Many have combined their love of hiking with finding sheds and turned it into a hobby. If you are good at finding sheds and don’t use them for your own crafts, you will probably find a willing market that will purchase these natural treasures.
I have been able to find several sheds while hiking through the woods. You just have to keep your eyes open and know the right areas to look. Other sources might be Ebay, Etsy, deer processors, flea markets, yard sales. The book tells you about other ways to find antlers.
If you are on Pinterest, I invite you to join my board called Antler Crafts. On that board, I try to curate several tutorials and ideas on antler crafts. I would love to hear what you are making with deer antler. Feel free to comment.
To purchase a copy of the book, click on the link below:
Antlers: A Guide to Collecting, Scoring, Mounting, and Carving, 2nd Edition