Sunday, May 16, 2010

Antlers


No, we are not hunters. We inherited these antlers, along with a collection of antique rusted saws and farming tools, when we bought the property - they were mounted on various exterior walls, in a decorative kind of way. We took them all down.

We weren't sure what to do with these antlers. Neither of us are really comfortable with them - they seem kind of gruesome. But it feels disrespectful to the animal who used to sport them to just throw them away.

At one point Frankie briefly got his hands - er, paws - on them. After all, bones are something he's familiar with. Here he is trying to figure out the best way to approach such an interestingly-shaped specimen. (And yes, he is in one of the veggie beds - unplanted, thankfully - which is a really big no-no. Bad boy.)


So they have been hanging out in limbo - we move them here, and then when they're in the way we move them there. Recently they have been hanging on the fence around the veggie garden, and today they seemed the perfect place to hang a hat.

4 comments:

Paula said...

Many years ago, when I was a hippie, I lived in Mt. Shasta, CA, where there were a lot of other hippies. One of the girls that I worked with was building a house in a school bus with her husband, and they decided that they wanted to use pieces of antler for the cabinet pulls. Only he didn't hunt- so they put an ad in the local paper for antlers.

Next thing you know, Johnny Law, AKA The Game Warden knocked on their door to find out what the ad was all about. Trafficking in antlers was agin the law. I don't know what they ever did for cabinet pulls after that. Or if they finished their hippie house on wheels.

One of the other girls I worked with lived in a teepee up on the mountain, but that's another story....

Toni aka irishlas said...

Okay ladies - I say grab a bottle of wine and go to Paula's for some of her hippie stories! ;-)

If you can get past the eebie jeebies, they look good for a hat rack by the gardens...

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love the antlers! We found a single anter this spring in our yard. I don't know what we'll do with it either--We keep moving it around trying to find that "perfect spot" that so far has eluded us.

Anonymous said...

Antlers and other bones are a really important source of calcium for small mammals and other wildlife. You could just put them in the woods.

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