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
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 the field.
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.