In the right designer’s hands, it’s not just a bony appendage or a hunter’s prize. It’s art.
Next month marks the start of deer-hunting season, but you don’t have to carry a rifle to get in on the antler accessories trend. Most bucks shed their antlers every year, generating an abundance of eco- (and Bambi-) friendly material for designers to fashion into everything from coffee-table bases to Christmas trees. You can even go “shed hunting” on your own—whitetails throughout the state cast off their bony appendages between December and March—and bring your booty to any of the artists below for a custom piece.
Jason Lenox, of Dallas, goes through dozens of antlers to create a puzzle-like combination for each of his umbrella and cane stands. In this one, forty antlers are fitted together and capped with slices of oak. $679; antekshome.com
Although former farm manager John Haggard’s main business is constructing high-dollar antler chandeliers, the longtime Stephenville resident also produces these affordable lamp finials from leftover points. $8; texasantlerart.com
Currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design, in New York City, Dallas’s Madison McKinley strings pieces of antler sourced from Fredericksburg onto leather to make these necklaces. $90; pennylaneonline.com
A seventeen-year veteran of the industry, Terry Wilson works out of a studio on his 130-acre property in Kemp. The broad fan shape of Wyoming moose antlers makes them a natural choice for Wilson’s magazine racks. $595; wilsonantlers.com