Antlers 2nd edition

Antlers 2nd edition
Price: £14.95

Dennis Walrod


230 x 152mm, 214 pages

76 colour photographs, 13 illustrations and 30 charts


Sub Heading:
A Guide to Collecting, Scoring, Mounting and Carving

This new edition of Dennis Walrod’s guide to antlers includes the latest information about trends in antler size, shape and new predictions about the future of antlers. Now in full color, this US manual discusses collecting shed antlers, the Bonne & Crockett antler scoring system, and crafts and artwork featuring antlers. Detailed instructions for mounting antlers and other ways of displaying them are given.



Dennis Walrod has written for over a dozen outdoor magazines, including Outdoor Life, Field and Stream and Deer and Deer Hunting.


'This is a delightful little book concerned with the carving of antlers. The book is mainly centered on species, organisations and methods found in the Americas - there is a complete chapter devoted to measuring using the Boone and Crockett club method. That said, if you have an interest in collecting antlers, or indeed carving antlers, then this book will be a very welcome addition to the bookshelf. There is no doubt that antlers in today's society have incredible value. Handicraft techniques and carving methods have almost become a specialist form of artwork, and these intricate carvings command high prices. This book is an equal blend of natural history and instructional guide. It offers a fascinating survey of all things antler, from biology to the new ivory.  Much practical instruction is conveyed to the reader regarding actual harvesting and carving, which will be instructional to both collectors and craftsmen.'  Sporting Rifle

‘Which person who is fascinated by deer can fail to be fascinated by antlers? They have engaged humankind for millennia, as cave paintings and the evidence unearthed by archaeologists will testify.  But despite the passage of time, interest in them today is increasing, if this gem of a book by Dennis Walrod is anything to go by.  Enthusiasm for antlers is not confined solely to the hunting fraternity.  They are widely used for the creation of unusual furniture and decorative objects, they have become the ‘new ivory’ for those who wish to express themselves through carving and sculpture… This is very much an American view of the relationship between antlers and humans, but if you ignore the fact that Walrod speaks of white-tails and mule deer instead of roe and red, and of elk and moose in their US nomenclature, there is masses for the British reader to enjoy.  After discussing the physiology and purpose of antlers, the author turns to antler collecting and provides guidance on how to search for shed antlers. The Boone and Crockett scoring system is analysed in some detail, after which there is an exhaustive explanation of how best to mount and display antlers, plus chapters on antler carving and fabrication. Walrod concludes with a discussion on antler quality over the past half century, in which he makes the assertion that the quality of antlers today is actually a reflection on the current state of deer management which in the States, it appears, is not all that it might be.  Are antlers, he asks, the ‘canary in the coal mine’, an indicator of the ecological health of deer and their habitat?  An interesting thought, and one which is yet another reason for reading this fascinating book.’  Deer, The British Deer Society Journal



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