The European mount is relatively easy to do yourself. Did my first one last year on a spike just to see what i could do and it turned out very good. I took as much of the skin and meat off the skull as I could then boiled the skull. The remaining meat comes off fairly easy with a wire brush, scissors, and knife. Key is not boiling for too long at one time because the suture lines in the skull will come apart. (That's the jagged lines you see on the skull). I would boil for a while, 20-30 min, then take the skull out and scrub with a wire brush,and cut off tissue and meat. Repeating this as much as necessary until skull was cleaned. when I had almost all the meat off, I added bleach to the boiling water to help whiten (Keep antlers above water). The hardest part to me was getting the brain out because you only have a small hole at the base of the skull for brain removal. This was accomplished with a screwdriver and breaking it into small bits until it was all out (I'm open to better way of doing it). Brain gets pretty mushy after boiling. When all this was done the skull still looked a little discolored so I went to Lowe's, bought a high gloss white paint and put a couple of coats on the skull. (Tape the anlers good so paint does not get on them). took a walnut stain with a clear finish to the antlers and voila!! Had a nice European mount. Bought the wood pedestal at Bass Pro.
I used a fish cooking burner with a deep cast iron pot for boiling. Probably not the way the pros do it but it worked for me, looks nice, and the only cost I incurred was a can of paint. It is a time consuming and tedious process, but it's something you can be proud of when complete. Good luck!!!