Deer Antler Decorative Lighting
A deer antler chandelier can be dramatic and awe inspiring. And, of course, rustic antler chandeliers are the perfect complement for an upscale hunting lodge or a cabin in the woods. If you want a “Wow!” for your common area, consider a deer antler chandelier.
Authentic deer antler chandeliers are made from real deer antlers that have been shed naturally by animals in the fall. Because antlers are found on the ground in the woods, no animal is hurt or killed to use their antlers.
In other words, antlers are a renewable and sustainable resource.
On the other hand, some people prefer to get faux deer antler lights. To fill this need, companies have developed faux antlers made of resin that are lighter and less expensive than authentic antlers.
How did Antlers get into Lights?
The use of deer antlers goes back thousands of years. For example, ancient Chinese physicians used ground antlers in their tonics and medicines for healing.
Closer to home, in the Americas, native Americans used antlers to make knife handles, spear points, scrapers for processing animal hides, combs and hairpins.
On the European continent, medieval Europeans started making antler candle holders. From there, the transition was easy.
Standing deer antler chandelier candle holders soon became hanging candle holders or candelabras. As you may have guessed, these were the forerunners of our modern antler chandeliers.
For centuries, European castles in Great Britain and Germany proudly used antler chandeliers in their grand rooms. The chandeliers were dramatic and elegant—fit for a king!
Modern Antler Decorative Lighting
Today, here in America, you often see a deer antler chandelier or an elk or moose chandelier featured in great rooms of rustic resorts. We also see them in high end restaurants, in timber frame lodges and, of course, in large log hunting cabins.
If you are thinking about using a large chandelier in your new home, here’s a tip to make things easier for you. Decorative lighting fixtures like chandeliers should be purchased before your home is built, especially if you are building a log or timber frame home.. Installation becomes much more difficult after a home has been finished.
What’s the difference between Mule Deer and Whitetail Deer?
At first glance, these two deer look pretty similar. In fact, many new hunters have difficulty telling them apart from a distance.
Here’s the lowdown:
The Deer’s Ears
Mule deer were named because of their large mule-like ears. Mule deer’s ears are larger than whitetail deer’s ears. In addition, mule deer tend to hold their ears at an angle, while whitetail deer usually hold their ears more erect, or straight up.
The mule deer has a thin white tail with a black tip. The white-tailed deer has a brown tail with a white underside. It uses its tail to warn other deer of impending danger. When a deer senses danger, she puts her tail up. Deer behind her see the white underside of her tail and react accordingly.
Deer Hair Color
Mule deer tend to be grayish brown, while white tail deer tend to be reddish brown in the summer and turn to grayish brown in the winter.
Size of Deer
Both deer can range from 80 pounds to 400 pounds, with mule deer tending to be a bit larger. Here’s another interesting fact. Whitetail deer tend to be larger in New England and smaller as you go south.
Both mule deer and whitetail deer shed their antlers every year, after the rut or breeding season. Mule deer have antlers that fork. Their antlers have a main beam that splits into 2 directions. Whitetail deer have antlers with one main beam, from which all other tines branch out.