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O U T D O O R S "If the antlers have holes in them or have been chewed on, I leave them alone," says the artist. "It adds character to the piece." Larry says he contracts with sellers in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana for the moose, caribou, elk, stag and deer antlers he uses. He's been known to buy 25,000 pounds of antlers at a time. Participating in shows such as the Western Designed Conference in Wyoming opened a new market for his work. He found that buyers wanted larger pieces for their spacious homes. He prefers working with walnut, honey locust or Osage orange by Heather Berry for his tables and mantels, but he will incorporate another type of wood at the customer's request. "Sometimes the buyer has a special piece of wood any have bullet from their farm that means a lot to the family, so I'll holes in them. incorporate it," adds Larry, "And since they're proOthers have viding the wood, the price of their order goes down." been broken The artist says no two pieces of his work are alike. in battle. Some even bear Every order is custom made for the owner. While grooves etched by an arrow that keeps things fun, Larry says it causes a little bit that narrowly missed its target. of a backlog. W Worn by weather and time, the "I have two years of orders right now," he says. antlers eventually will be dropped by "Some items take longer, some don't, so I try to fit the moose, caribou, elk or deer. But for smaller jobs in around big projects." artist Larry Glaze, these sheds will become The second year he was at the Wyoming show, pieces of art that will grace homes and busiLarry displayed the largest piece he's created to date nesses across the world. - a 200-light chandelier made of deer antlers. The If you'd have told Larry 30 years ago that he'd be art was purchased by actor/director Clint Eastwood. an artist one day, the retired dental technician might Clint isn't the only well-known owner of Larry's not have believed you. But his first profession was artwork. Both Bush presidents own pieces, as well the perfect segue into the second career he now enjoys as an artist who uses as music stars Blake Shelton and Toby Keith. His pieces found in nature as his medium. work also graces the FBI headquarters in Wash"My artwork is unique as well as ington, D.C., and homes in Japan, Taiwan and Canada. functional," says Larry, 73. "Everything Larry's work can run $400 and up, I make is one of a kind because no two L depending on how fancy the order things are alike in nature." Carthage gets. The most expensive piece to date Larry says he used to take antlers and * was the chandelier Clint bought for carve belt buckles and back scratchers as $25,000. However, the pièce de résisa way to relax after a day at the office. His first piece, a cat carved from the the base of tance might be the artwork he's currently working on for the new Mercy Hospital in Joplin. an antler, is in his daughter Lisa's possession. "It will be 12 feet tall and display five to six eagles The cat carving led to bigger pieces. Larry began flying up from a 700-pound piece of marble," Larry creating chandeliers, lamps and tables of every size, says, noting that the piece will be completed by turning cast-off antlers into functional art. December 2014. "I won't kill an animal for material to work with, While Larry is happy his work has been well and I won't cut down a live tree for the wood I use," received around the world, the fame is bittersweet. says Larry, adding that he only uses what has been In 2009, Larry's wife, Judy, learned she had brain found on the ground. cancer and only had weeks to live. Instead of dwellIn 1986, after seeing success in selling on the obvious, Larry and the family spent every ing his creations, Larry sold his minute possible doing whatever Judy wanted. One dental prosthetic business and of those things was making a specific bucket list she began working on art full wanted completed after her passing. time. While his pieces found Tears begin to fill Larry's eyes as he tells the story. accolades and buyers in the "She was a painter, although it was only a hobby," Midwest, it wasn't until 2001 Larry quietly says, pointing at framed work on a wall when Larry joined a juried in his home. "One of the last things she asked me to show in Cody, Wyo., that his do was to turn our home into a gallery of artwork for career ascended to new heights. everyone to enjoy." "I displayed an eagle with an He pauses, then wipes his eyes. "It took me 3-1/2 American flag draped across," Larry years, but I got everything done on the list." says. "It caught everbody's attention." And true to his promise, Larry turned their CarWhat makes his eagles unique is thage home into a gallery. Work from local artists the fact that Larry uses moose antlers both new and old grace nearly every room in the for the wings, giving the eagles a 6-1/2home. Larry welcomes tours by appointment from to 7-foot wingspan. The artist creates nature groups, art clubs, garden clubs and similar the eagle head in clay, then casts the organizations. Nothing in the gallery is for sale; it's shape in an inexpensive metal, using simply there to be shared at Judy's request. acid for the bronze-like patina he desires. "Her asking me to do that gave me a reason to go on without her," Larry says. "I've got great memories Carthage artist Larry Glaze sits in front of our life together here, and I'm pretty sure she's of the massive eagle sculpture he made looking down and enjoying what she sees here now." for his home gallery last winter. While he carves antlers, designs furniture from fallen You may contact Larry Glaze at 9313 County Drive trees and paints on leather, Larry is known 175, Carthage, MO 64836 or by calling 417-358-0753. around the world for his cast-off moose For more information, visit antler eagles. Carthage artist soars with cast-off antler business M 16 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2013

Rural Missouri - November 2013
White mules and family wine
Helping our neighbors
A rolling tribute to freedom
Out of the Way Eats
Big man from a small town
Hearth and Home
Best of rural Missouri
Salvaging history
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - November 2013