considerable research for historic accuracy, each piece is painstakingly
handmade with the same materials used prehistorically, almost all
of which I have personally harvested, in their native environments.
The geological and plant-based materials are gathered selectively
with conscientious consideration. The animal parts are salvaged from
roadkill or kills made by hunters who eat what they harvest. I make
every attempt to not use parts from animals that were exploited for
the sole purpose of money or "sport". Neither was in the
spirit of the Native Americans.
I should also note that many of my finished pieces take on an older
and used appearance naturally by simply using and handling outside.
To facilitate this natural process, I will, on occasion, physically
distress the areas that would naturally receive wear then add patina
by polishing with earth and wild animal fats and blood...the very
things the originals were exposed to. With effort, these pieces
can be made to be nearly indistinguishable from those hundreds of
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