Missouri's Antler Artist

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Published on: Jul. 2, 2001

Last revision: Nov. 9, 2010

in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado have reaped thousands of dollars from work he has donated.

In addition, Glaze's works have been shown at the Midwest Gathering of Artists at the Precious Moments Convention Center in Carthage, and at the Ella Carouthers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar. Much of his work ends up in homes to augment southwestern decorating themes or corporate offices.

All of the antlers Glaze uses are "sheds," or dropped antlers people have found. He buys whitetail antlers and moose antlers from a broker in Ohio. Native Americans in Alaska pick up the moose antlers. Moose antlers are expensive-as much as $150 each-but trophy antlers that weigh up to 40 pounds per side can cost much more. Large whitetail antlers also have become expensive. He sometimes trades for antlers at black powder and mountain man rendezvous.

Glaze likes a moose antler weighing about eight to 10 pounds and measuring two-feet long for carving, as this is a good size to display on a table or credenza. He may invest 80 hours carving a scene in a moose antler of a bugling elk and a cow elk with trees and other small details. He may also produce a small casting of a moose or elk and set it in the rosette or base of an elk antler.

Another moose antler features the head of a wolf, and two smaller wolves running through a forest. One piece features whitetail deer antlers mounted on a base of Osage orange with a carving of a buck and doe. Leather strips with glass beads flow off the base of each antler.

His lamps, usually set on Osage orange bases, are often customized for a particular buyer, possibly using a cowboy boot or other western representations provided by the buyer. One lamp features the skull plates and antlers of two whitetail deer that were locked in combat. A floor lamp stands on a tower of 64 shed whitetail antlers.

The southwest Missouri hunting lodge that Glaze is decorating totals 6,000 square feet and is built of cypress logs imported from Florida. He has completed the largest of three chandeliers he is preparing for the lodge. It will hang in an opening in the center of the lodge that juts onto a bluff overlooking the stream. Glaze personally welded and wired all 86 lights himself. The chandelier will feature whitetail antlers, and the owner will be able to add antlers taken from the 2,000-acre property that is the site of the lodge.

Glaze also is creating two eagles and 10 lamps for the lodge. Decorating the lodge is a dream job for an artist who has literally carved his own niche in the world of wildlife art.

Finders Keepers

It is legal to pick up deer antlers you find in the woods. If you purchase or barter deer antlers from somebody else, however, the antlers must be accompanied by a bill of sale showing the seller's full name, address and the number and species of these parts, as well as the full name and address of the purchaser.

Legally taken wildlife parts, after mounting or tanning, may be bought and sold. This applies to artwork made from deer, moose and elk antlers.

Specific regulations governing the sale of antlers and other wildlife parts can be found in the Wildlife Code of Missouri, 3CSR10-10.768.

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