Many people choose a skull mount (aka European mount) because it is a simple and elegant way to preserve the trophy. Skulls come in and out of fashion for decorating and at the moment they are very "in." The most popular options are:
- Skull w/ Hanger
- Skull on Natural Driftwood
- Skull on Walnut Plaque
Although nature created the skull, we use our hands to create a unique trophy that will last a lifetime. Each skull is thoroughly cleaned by hand which leaves all the delicate nasal bones in tact, whitened with hydrogen peroxide, and sealed using a museum grade sealant (Paraloid B-72). After this process we either add a hanger or attach it to a piece of Texas cedar driftwood, or a plaque hand made from Texas Walnut of Mesquite. By the time a skull is complete it is a true piece of Texas ingenuity and craftsmanship.
Option 1: Skull w/ Hanger. This is the most basic and modern look. Many people choose this option because of it's simpleness and timelessness. It's also easier to pick up and be passed among friends which is appealing if you want your buddies to feel the weight of the antlers. This is also the least expensive option.
Option 2: Skull on Driftwood. This is the most popular option. Each piece of Texas cedar driftwood is cut flat on the back but remains 3 dimensional on the outside. We handpick each piece of driftwood to match the antlers on your trophy. If the antlers are heavy and atypical then we will pick a larger piece of gnarly driftwood. If the rack is small and symmetrical then the piece of wood will match it. The driftwood option can be hung on the wall or made to sit on a table or shelf, please specify when placing your order.
Option 3: Skull on Plaque. This option is nearly as popular as the driftwood but has lost steam the past several years. Just a few years ago this was the most popular option. Each plaque is handmade starting with whole logs of Texas Walnut (pictured) or Texas Mesquite.
Option 4: Skull on Three Piece Plaque. This is the least popular and most expensive option. The plaque can be hung on a wall or reversed to sit on a table. This plaque also comes in Texas Walnut (pictured) or Mesquite.