Autumn Legends and Artistic Antlers
I'm Dale Livingood and I would like to share
how the talented staff at Autumn Legends and Artistic Antlers
builds custom antler molds and makes museum quality antler
replicas. Our company replicates horns and antlers from whitetail
deer, moose, elk, stags, sheep, exotics and also offers custom
velvet on real antlers and replicas.
I have been involved in the industry for 14 years and have
seen many changes during that time. A decade ago you could
hardly sell a replica. If a hunter shot a record whitetail
back then, he might consider replicating it in case the original
was was stolen or lost in a fire. Sometimes a replica was
created in order to sell the original to a private collector
and still keep a "head" on the wall.
This mind-set has substantially changed. Sportsmen now understand
that trophy racks posses two values: the actual rack, and
the "purchase of molding rights". Some hunters love
to display their trophies in multiple locations.
Autumn Legends and Artistic Antlers recently molded and replicated
a whitetail named "Double Down". He scored 386 BC
inches with 11 1/8th inch bases and more than 80 inches of
mass. This was an extremely rewarding experience, and it was
an honor to mold and replicate such a noteworthy whitetail.
The process starts when clients select Autumn Legends and
Artistic Antlers. Most incoming projects are by referrals
from satisfied customers due to the quality antler replicas
they received. Trust is very important; a great amount of
time and investment is involved.
Of the various antler replicating businesses in the industry,
the major difference is the method of molding and the type
of materials used. For example, polyester replica was quite
popular five to six years ago. It was beautiful, but extremely
brittle. Autumn Legends and Artistic Antlers discovered a
new blend of materials composed of polyurethane and additives
that are extremely durable and is the same weight as a real
rack, which makes it very receptive to painting and toning.
When a work order is drafted, our clients know the exact start
and completion dates. Our focus is our clients needs and goals.
Ask our current customers.
Autumn Legends and Artistic Antlers does antler cut-offs which
means burs need to be reinstalled. This is made easier if
at the time of cutting antlers, an alginate mold of remaining
burs is made. When/ if this is necessary, please contact Autumn
legends to learn how to make this relatively simple mold in
When considering a replica, ask these questions: What material
is being used? Are the seams ground? Are holes filled and
repaired before painting? Does the blending and toning of
colors look like the original? And finally, does it look real?
In regards to painting, there are very few exceptional painters
in this field. We consider Autumn Legends and Artistic Antlers
among the best at this critical stage of every replica. Whitetail
antlers can range in colors from almost snow white in Iowa
and Kansas; dozens of shades of brown in Minnesota; mahogany-colored
in Texas; and to extremely darken in Canada.
Autumn Legends and Artistic Antlers is looking forward to
this season and the incredible projects it will bring, and
looks forward to making life-long friendships over some of
God's greatest creatures.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you.