Our skulls are cleaned, sanitized and hand prepped by Charles, our ranch manager. He carefully handles them through the boiling and cleaning process, making sure the various cavities are flushed out of any residual tissue, allowing the skulls to dry fully.
The majority of our skulls are not bleached, in keeping with their natural off-white colour. For those that are bleached, we use a hydrogen peroxide paste to obtain a brighter white colour and avoid bone damage.
Each skull is ethically and sustainably sourced at our ranch, through natural death or after harvest.
Bison horns are an integral and permanent part of the skull. Bison do not shed them like deer or moose – their horns grow and wear over time.
The black outer sheath of the horn cover a bone core. When processing the skull, we remove this sheath and shorten the bone for easy handling and shipping. The hollow sheath slips back easily onto the bone protrusion.
A skull’s average weight is 6 to 8 pounds (3 to 4 kgs).
Acrylic paint is generally the medium of choice for the artists we work with. Acrylic is water based and can be quite versatile. Some artists varnish their pieces once completed to enhance the art.
CARE AND USE
Our skulls currently do not come with hanging or mounting hardware.
We recommend using a skull mounting bracket or a strong hanging wire. Natural holes found in the back of the skull are ideal places to fasten a bracket or attach a wire.
Although most of our painted skulls are varnished, their coating is not 100% waterproof and direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time may damage them. We recommend hanging these pieces indoors. Natural skulls may be displayed indoors or outdoors.
The best way to keep your skull beautiful for years to come is to to clean it with a soft duster or with a damp cloth.
We currently ship with Canada Post within North America to Canada and the United States from our ranch located in Earlton, Ontario. International shipping is not yet available.
Our skulls are carefully bubble wrapped and shipped with Canada Post in custom double wall cardboard boxes. Horn sheaths are loosened from the skull for easy handling and shipping.
If you live in the Temiskaming area, you can save money and pick up your order at our ranch located in Earlton. When ordering online, choose the “Local pickup” option during checkout, and we will contact you to make arrangements once your order is ready.
Regular orders shipped with Canada Post to Canada and the United States should arrive to destination within 10 business days.
Yes, we do! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your special request.
Yes, although this is subject to availability. Contact us at email@example.com with your request.
We sell our healthy grassfed bison meat at several local butcher shops. And if you want to add to your herd or start one, look to us for quality breeding stock.
Assorted bison bones, such as vertebrae, tibia or jaw bones, are also available upon request.
We currently work with a select number of local Northern Ontario artists. We are always open to collaborating with new artists and welcome your proposals at firstname.lastname@example.org.