When making Native or Early American items, I only use the tools and materials that were appropriate to the time. A lantern or campfire is often the only light I use because I want to know what they saw when working on a knife or arrow. The finished product is much different when using authentic materials and surroundings. This has always been important to me.
Nature provides everything we need to thrive as evidenced by this fishing kit I made from lake reeds and a bird-bone hook. It is secured with fish-gut glue.
I made this smoke-able ‘hawk and powder-horn just as a mountain man would have. I love the challenge of seeing how I measure up.
- The buckskin grip and sinew on the back of an Indian bow demonstrates the rusty beauty of nature. There is nothing man has in his power to match it, in either function or beauty.
Below are a hand-carved bows painted by my daughter.
celtic tomahawk that I made for a client to give to his father.