I have always been interested in the outdoors. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a great dad who shared his love of the outdoors with me. I have fond memories of hunting and fishing with him. As I grew older, I developed a deep passion for deer hunting. We are blessed to have some quality farm ground with some small wooded areas behind our house in rural Illinois where I have been able to harvest two trophy bucks -- one a non typical 140's class and a very nice 8 point with12" G2's. My dad has taken three nice trophy bucks ranging from 130’s to 150’s class.
In 1998, I started making small items such as key chains and tie tacks for some extra cash to buy hunting products. My parents had been looking at log homes for awhile and had an interest in antler lighting and rustic home decor. So they purchased antler lamps from Ebay. One fell off the table and broke into pieces as it was glued together, and the other required a prop under it to keep from falling over. I knew I could do better.
So, in 2001 I started making lamps and as time went on we began experimenting with other products including chandeliers and furniture. What started out as a hobby has become a full time job. Our home décor line has grown to more than 200 products in additional to the specialty work we do for our customers. In additional to our home décor line, we have expanded our business to include additional product lines including pet chews, cabinet knobs, antler craft supplies including jewelry findings and spent brass novelty items.
What sets us apart from other antler artists?
We strive to make each product with the best possible care using the highest quality materials. This means we only use the best quality fresh shed antlers from Moose, Elk, Whitetail, Fallow and Mule Deer. We never fool our customers by staining our antlers. All antlers are as fresh and natural as the day the animal dropped them.
Why do people like working with us?
We are a small, family business that strives to put the customer first. When you purchase a product from us, it is lovingly handcrafted in our small workshop by myself or a member of my experienced team. We are not an assembly line in some factory. We are craftsmen who try hard to fit every customer's need and budget. In addition, all of our products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship.
I have several people that help make Crooked Creek Antler Art what it is today. My wife, Carrie, has always supported me in this venture and manages our retail pet boutique. Amy is my go-to-girl. She oversees the office, manages the websites and social media and is the direct point of contact for all of your product related questions. My parents, Phil and Carolyn, handle a large part of our travel needs, making trips West when antler needs to be picked up, attending trade shows or delivering customer orders.
So whether you have bought from us in the past, are looking for your first antler piece, or just planning for the future, we hope you enjoy working with us as much as we enjoy working with you.