On Hatteberg's People, what happens if you take a couple of long-haul truck drivers-add a pinch of the outdoors, through in some imagination, and you get Raymond Peterman and Danny Wiechman. Together they operate a little business that appeals to lovers of the outdoors. And when they bring home their work….it has a point….actually several points.
"Everytime you see antlers, you think, well, I need those."
It's Wednesday…that means Raymond Peterman and Danny Wiechman are headed to the workshop called 'Pete's', named after Peterman.
"Danny and me work real well together."
Both men are long-haul truck drivers, but mid-week, both stop for a day and come here to Salina to the workshop where Antler Creations is located.
"It's satisfying; it almost gets to be an obsession."
It began when Raymond saw some furniture made out of antlers…but it was too expensive for him to buy…so he decided to make his own. Thus Antler Creations was born.
It wasn't long before he showed a picture of one of his chairs to Danny.
"I got all excited and said, "Raymond I gotta make one of those chairs."
So the duo collaborated and this is the result.
"Just seeing it, seeing the antler's the way they flow. We work with the antler's more than a lot of guys do. A lot of people just whack them off and make legs and just a conventional look chair. Ours have a unique look to them."
"A lot of times you get caught up in your job, it's stressful and all, but I come over here…it just seems like it floats away, it's kind of like going fishing, you come over here and the stress is just gone."
"This one is $2,200. We've got them all the way from $800 to $3,000."
They purchase the antlers from Wyoming where some people make their living simply picking them up and reselling them from plentiful elk, moose, and deer herds.
"I think it's the challenge. Each one of them is a new story. When you open it up, it's one of kind and not one antler is the same."
How about a sofa with center table and wine glasses with antler bases. The cushions, beaver fur.
Or a love seat with matching table much of it fashioned with moose antlers.
Ray and Danny's workshop is a place where the stress disappears and creativity begins. From antler chandlers to sofas, these two antler entrepreneurs enjoy a unique kind of furniture limited only by their own minds.
"It's the ultimate fun right here."
For more information on Antler Creations call:
Raymond - 785-825-4394