I am not a hunter, in the literal sense; more of an alley walker
, stalking dumpsters and backyard scrap heaps for promising prey, old wood, discarded appliances, mint-condition cardboard. My trophies are oft-unappreciated, fading into the background of my apartment. No longer. Here is a way for us rifle-less sportsmen to decorate our bars, dens, and studies.
With some weathered, old-growth wood, a bandsaw, and a free afternoon, I made my own deer mount with angular antlers and a smooth, modern appeal. Without fur, it won't hold smells and moths; without eyes, it won't creep out little children; and without killing anything, it will appease the militant vegan faction. So, grab some tools and go deer yourself.
I designed this deer head for a class I teach at the ReBuilding Exchange
. The relatively simple form and limited set of skills is perfect for a short class, as it teaches a straightforward, measurable objective in a reasonable amount of time. In addition to the class, we may be making multiples of these for sale. So, for smooth and efficient reproduction, I made templates for the head and antlers.
You will need these materials:
~ 18" of 2" x 12" material (for the head)
~ 12" of 2" x 10" material (for the plaque, could use plywood)
4 3" wood or deck screws
finish of your choice
You will need these tools:
Bandsaw or jigsaw
Cardboard or masonite (for templating)