Dingo Fur Shoulder Bag



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July 2015
$300 – available for purchase on Etsy

Got a real rarity for you: a shoulder bag made from a genuine vintage tri-color dingo hide! I acquired the hide from a private collection; the head, neck and legs were already missing, but the rest was perfect for this project. This is the first dingo hide I’ve made into such a project in almost twenty years of hide and bone art, and I have no idea if or when I’ll be able to make something like it again.

Elksong

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December 2014

$175 – available for purchase on Etsy

The fork on this piece of elk antler is what initially caught my eye when I was preparing to make it into the handle of a ritual knife. As I fastened the water buffalo bone blade to it, and later wrapped the hilt in deerskin, I thought about what adornment I should put in the space between the tines. Finally, I settled on a strand of new and secondhand glass crow beads, interspersed with brass bells that have a bright, jingling tone (though with more body than cheap steel “jingle bells”.) You can shake the knife to make them sing–but ONLY grip the knife by the handle, not the blade!

The sheath is also deerskin, with a collar of coyote fur left from a larger project. The belt loops on the sheath make this knife easy to wear for rituals and other sacred occasions–just be aware that the knife is delicate, and the bone can not be given an edge or a point. Also, the mouth of the sheath is a bit of a tight fit, so be careful when placing the knife back in it.

Barking Dog

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December 2014
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The coyote’s Latin name, Canis latrans, translates to “barking dog”, and indeed this animal can make quite a racket! Coyote is a prominent part of this piece; the handle of the knife is a coyote leg bone, nature-cleaned and obtained from another artist. The water buffalo bone blade is an elegant counterpoint, and the hilt is wrapped in red-brown deerskin. The pommel is adorned with braided artificial sinew strung with an assortment of new and secondhand beads, and finished with one coyote fang and one coyote claw. The sheath, made of a vintage coyote legskin complete with paw and claws and more deerskin, is similarly adorned beaded strands.

Forest Guardian

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November 2014
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I’ve been working on a bunch of new bone knives; this one, named Forest Guardian, is made from the base of a red stag antler left from other projects and a sustainably harvested Oregon myrtle wood blade with absolutely gorgeous coloration. The hilt is wrapped in chocolate brown deerskin; the rosette of the antler has been left natural, but I painted the “button” from where the brow tine used to be with a gold cross to create the planetary symbol for Earth (a cross within a circle). Because of its curvature, it fits more nicely in the left hand than the right (though right handed people shouldn’t be deterred if they feel this knife needs to be theirs!) The sheath is also deerskin, and is adorned with a real gold-plated aspen leaf. Below it are dangles made from tiny horn and wood beads strung on artificial sinew, with goldtone charms representing a wolf, a turtle and a bird, all animals of the forest.

Acorn

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November 2014

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I’ve been working on a bunch of new bone knives; this one, named Acorn, is the smallest, and the only one with a necklace-style sheath. The knife itself is whitetail deer antler left over from another project, and it has a water buffalo bone blade painted with dots in deep brown acrylic paint. The hilt and pommel are decorated with deerskin; the pommel is additionally adorned with artificial sinew wrapped around it, and a hand-painted deer hoof print. The sheath is also deerskin, with a slice of deer antler on the front; Another hoof print on the antler echoes that on the knife pommel.

Oddwin

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November 2014

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In November 2014 I vended at Oddmall Seattle. At the previous one in May, the organizers had a resin cast of their mascot, Oddwin, made and at the may show had sold off several that had been painted and decorated by artists for charity. I had asked whether they had any left, and it turned out they had, so I took one home for the summer to bring back for the fall show.

And here he is! Bedecked in antlers and moss, wearing a raccoon claw necklace, he walks through a landscape made in part from an old cutting board, and inspired by my hikes in the Pacific Northwest (and a bit by Miyazaki’s films). I realized too late that I’d neglected to sand his belly seam (argh!) but other than that I’m pretty happy with how he turned out.

Pocket Forest

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November 2014

$23.00 – available for purchase on Etsy

I have rather a fondness for boxes, especially little bitty ones that are just perfect for hiding away tiny treasures. At a thrift shop a while back I found this little cedar wood box; it had once been a souvenir from Glacier National Park (as printed on its lid). I opened it up, and the sweet scent of cedar oil still wafted out, and I was inspired to create a miniature forest!

Like the cedar trees that still grow, this little box supports a diversity of beings! Deerskin leather from another crafter’s stash forms the foundation for a prairie dog jaw found by another artist, pheasant feathers and a bit of deer antler, tumbled stones and dried plants from thrift shopping, and a few Douglas fir cone scales found in my own neighborhood.

I chose to leave the rest of the box in its “original” varnished finish; the distressing gives it more of a story to tell.

Nature’s Treasure Chest

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November 2014

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Over the years I’ve collected a wide variety of natural items for use in my art. This piece combines a variety of little bits and pieces from that foraging and trade, all combined in one lovely art piece–with a practical side!

The wooden box that serves as the base of this piece came from a thrift store; it was in fine condition, just abandoned to its fate by a previous owner. I stained it with wood stain bought secondhand from an art supply salvage shop, giving it a beautiful golden brown finish.

I then decorated the lid with an array of natural items–prairie dog skulls found by another artist, a chicken bone from supper a while back, moss and lichens and air plants all dried and preserved, bits of fossilized bone and a wood bead from thrift shops. There are rodent jaws from owl pellets, and dried roses from an old craft supply shop, quartz crystals traded for years ago, and a few bits of horse hide trimmed from a larger project, with pheasant feathers and bits of pages from a book on the social lives of our fellow creatures.

Raccoon and Crayfish Bag

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This gorgeous raccoon hide inspired me to read more about the raccoon’s mythology. One story that caught my attention was the Iroquois legend of Raccoon and the Crayfish, and this inspired my painting of a raccoon hunting for crayfish in a circular stream. The painting adorns the front panel of the pouch, made from deerskin. Rather than a simple (and boring) plain leather strap, the cord is created from secondhand homespun wool yarn, braided for extra strength with tassels for more decoration.