Jerry Lyman, the creator of Buckhorn Crafts came to the area in 1964 with his wife Karen. In the early 1970's, Jerry began experimenting with antler art by making a cribbage board for his father, after seeing an unusual cribbage board on display in Canada. Each spring, antlers are shed from deer, elk, moose and caribou. This painless process enables the animals to grow larger, more majestic antlers. He enjoys the outdoors and willingly scours the mountains to collect fallen antlers for his unusual creations. Since his retirement, he spends even more time collecting the antlers. Jerry cuts, carves, drills and polishes the antler into many creative items, including one-of-a-kind cribbage boards, jewelry and buttons.
Mother Nature influences the beauty of these antlers. First of all the food and minerals available to the animals during the six-month growth period. Good conditions result in larger and more solid antlers. Second is where the antlers were shed, how long they lay on the ground and In wet areas moss and algae can add green and pink colors. In dry areas the antlers bleach and weather, checks appear and some take on the color of the soil. The third is if critters take advantage of the calcium and leave chew marks. These factors contribute to the beauty, color, and textures seen in the hand-crafted product.