An antler chandelier makes the perfect lighting centerpiece in homes featuring rustic western or southwestern-themed decor. A well-built antler chandelier not only works to illuminate a room, but it also serves as a hanging work of art.
If you’re handy, these gorgeous pieces can be made yourself, but if you’re like most of us, you’ll do better to find one created by an artisan who truly knows what he or she is doing. Read on to find out more about where the antlers in an antler chandelier come from and where online you can find an antler chandelier of your own.
An antler chandelier comes from the shed antlers of male cervids (deer, elk, and moose). These antlers are shed usually in February and March, and come in numerous sizes, depending upon the age of the animal.
Antler gatherers scour the woods and forests of the United States to find the most attractive ones to make not only chandeliers, but also wall sconces and other indoor and outdoor decor.
Size, shape, and color all factor into making an antler chandelier, and prices of $800 for a white-tailed deer chandelier to more than $4,000 for a large elk antler chandelier are not uncommon.
Brian Cody of Antlers by Cody (www.AntlersByCody.com) handcrafts each and every antler chandelier he sells. From the best #1 hard brown, select antler, he can fashion a stunning antler chandelier from your choice of white-tailed, mule, and fallow deer; elk; moose; or caribou. Additionally, Cody creates exquisite lamps, lampshades, and sconces to perfectly complement your custom-made antler chandelier.
John Bickner, Jr. of www.FlatCreekCrossing.com can also offer a handmade antler chandelier from any of the above cervids from his Jackson Hole, Wyoming business. Bickner’s creations have been featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Cowboys & Indians. To get an idea of the quality and pricing of Bickner’s work, one mule deer antler chandelier, for instance, featured on his Web site goes for $11,000.
These are just two places you can find a well-made, quality antler chandelier online, but no doubt many more exist. The best thing to do, of course, is to take a while and go surfing yourself to find more antler chandelier artisans with prices, styles, and designs to suit your own personal tastes and budget. So good luck, and good antler chandelier hunting.