Welcome to Aspens & Antlers. This blog chronicles my artwork and less artistic designs themed around my mountain home.
By utilizing unique features, such as beaver chewed aspen stumps and locally mined turquoise, my antler home decor will enhance the feel of your cabin or home.
Every piece of art is different due to the distinct features of individual deer and elk. Each tree trunk selected also possesses its own chew pattern from the beaver that cut off its top. As aspen trees grow they shed their lower branches and retain scars that present beautiful patters when sanded and stained. Additionally, if the tree was in the process of being killed by beetles, it will have purple staining resulting from bacterial activity related to beetle infestation.
Aspens & Antlers is located in historic Buena Vista, Colorado. This small and friendly mountain town is surrounded on all sides by beautiful mountain vistas.
There are many enjoyable activities for all the members of your family or group. No matter the time of year, there will be something to do. In summer people hike, jeep, fish, raft, and kayak. In the winter there is snow snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and nearby skiing.
Animal life, especially deer and elk, are plentiful. In addition to hunting one can come to observe and photograph the varied but reclusive animals. One of the most important ingredients to antler art work found at Aspens & Antlers are the antlers. The antlers, turquoise, and tree trunks are all gathered locally. If the artwork were food it would be organic, from sustainable sources, and locally grown.
It takes many hours of hiking in the rugged valleys to acquire the assortment of antlers used. In addition to personally collecting the antlers, I also dig for the turquoise and carry out the tree trunks used for each lamp. Another unique work of art I make are fully functional fireplace sets made from elk antlers, along with small hat and scarf hangers. All lamps use UL listed parts and include an underwriters knot inside the fixture for your peace of mind.