Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Now that my work for the glass show is done,  time to complete a few half done projects as well as get back to work on some plans I have for future work. 

This is a clutch purse I finished today.  Beaded in 13/0 cut beads and sterling silver beads,  mounted on aubergine lizard hide.  It is lined in a bright shocking pink lambskin.

So stay tuned…I hope to have some more new purses in the upcoming months.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Getting the final details done for my Maryhill Museum of Art show,  which opens March 15th.   Always seems there is just "One" more detail to do.  But I feel I am getting close….unless of course I decide there is more to do.  Why are us artists never satisfied ?

Anyway…got the iron stands done…and I think ?  I am finished and ready for my opening.


Friday, January 17, 2014


Whew!  Getting the final work done for my show at Maryhill Museum of Art.   

These are glass medicine amulets and will go into a glass parfletche case.   I made these out of glass so they are mere representations and not items that can be used as "medicine".  I did these to convey a idea,  like a painting.  

The bird skull is hand sculpted glass and the arrow head is mahogany obsidian.  

Feels great getting this work completed!  Think I'll go for long run now :-) 


Saturday, January 11, 2014


I am just finishing up my work for a exhibit of glass art of mine that will be taking place at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale Washington.  The exhibit will be from March 15th thru November 15th 2014.  I am very excited about it to say the least.  

This is one of the new works which will be in the exhibit.  Its been something I have had in mind for 8 years,  since I was Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School.  Finally I was able to make this and some other works which have been in my brain for a long time wanting out.  

What this represents is a medicine bundle containing a golden eagle.  I don't like to make actual "Medicine" items ( I take these things serious ) unless they are going to the proper place and people.  So…this is merely a representation of what one might be.  It is not a copy of a existing bundle nor meant to be so.  It is a artistic rendition.  

Normally the tube parfletche would be rawhide so you would not see what was contained inside.  I wanted to make the container a suggestion and focus on the contents.  

Hope some of you out there can come and see the show :-) 


Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Between all the other projects I have been working on,  I occasionally make a few purses.  I love to make them.  I like to branch out to other subjects that are not always centered around Native images.  

I just finished my "Blue Buddha" - the healing Buddha purse today.   It is made using 13/0 cut beads and 24 K gold beads on Imported Italian leather.  The drops are crystal beads and Czech glass buddhas.  

The back side of the purse - The Tibetan version of the eyes of Buddha.  

I made this purse this summer but forgot to do a final photo of it.   A clutch purse of beaded victorian era illustrated butterflies done in 13/0 cut beads and 24 k gold plated beads,  on designer Italian leather.  

This one I have posted before….but what the heck.  The more the merrier.  A Dio de los Muerto's bag done in 13/0 cuts and 24 k. Gold plaited beads on smoked brain tanned hide.  the fringes are crystal beads and Czech glass skulls.  

I really love making these purses.  And there will be more to come.   It all takes time - but I have a few locked in my brain yet waiting to come out.  


Friday, December 13, 2013


This time of year I like to make little items like this as gifts for my friends and family for the holidays.   I don't make these type of items for sale as I believe they should only be given away and not sold.  I like to make them now as here in the Northwest,  we believe the presence of the spirits and holy people are at their greatest,  so I like to do these with good intent and want that to be strong.  

Some of these I did a few years ago. I end up with a lot of little old parts ( like beads and bells ) with my work so a great way to use them.   Most material on these are antiques and all are beaded using antique Italian seed beads or pony beads.  

I made this one yesterday for a friend.  A bear fetish.  

Detail of the bear fetish.  The claw and feather on it are made of glass.  

A horse fetish and iniskim I made for myself a few years ago. 

This is umbilical fetish I did when my horse Cappy was born.  It contains his actual umbilical fetish which I saved and dried.  

The other side of the umbilical fetish.  

Have a happy season everyone,  and think of and help others.  



I  just realized I forgot to post the finished photos of the collaborative work I did with the amazing glass artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen.   So…Here it is.  

I have to say,  it was really like a dream come true to work with Shelley.   I met her when she was on the glass blowing team of William Morris, working at the time at Pilchuck Glass School.  When I saw what was possible with glass while watching William Morris and his team create magic,  and also that Shelley herself also was interested in horses as a subject matter,  I knew I wanted to do something with her.   

Well we finally were able to make that happen.  And with great acceptance as this piece did not last long in the gallery.   So,  hopefully we can get together again soon and do some more collaborative work.  I have to say it was a dream for me to work with Shelley.  Her talent and professionalism was a real boost to say the least.  

Sometimes things just work if you give it time :-) 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

INCISED BUFFALO RAWHIDE PARFLETCHE - New twist on a old technique.

I just finished this envelope style incised buffalo rawhide parfletch case.  Well,  I think I might be done. Still deciding if I antique it up or not.  

I decided to try a new application to a very old technique.  Incised parfletche's were something made in the mid - 19th century,  and existing examples are pretty rare.   Part of the rarity I believe is due to the actual materials needed - epidermal on buffalo rawhide.  Its not easy to do ( It cannot be scraped free of has to be slipped off and there is a fine line between slipping the hair and the entire epidermal layer coming off )  It can also be done by striking the hair on rawhide with a hammer or stone but is incredible labor intensive. 

The very top layer of the rawhide is cut and scraped away to reveal the white under layer.  

This is another one I did a few years back for some Plateau horse gear I made.  All the old ones I have seen examples of are done in a geometric style.  So this portrait might be a first doing this technique.


Sunday, November 10, 2013


I decided to start killing some old posts on this blog and re-posting some of the photos.  So this is a consolidation of a few posts.  

This is a split horn bonnet that I made for a gallery show a few years ago.  It is now in a private collection.  

This bonnet is made in a classic Plateau style of work.  To make them really look great,  it takes a LOT of ermine hide.  

The cloth I used was hand died selvedge edge cloth.  

The feathers are hand painted reproduction feathers.  The horns are split and shaved buffalo. 

The beadwork was done on buffalo hide,  using antique Italian seed beads sewn with sinew.  The buttons are old flat brass buttons which were commonly traded back in the day.  

This last bonnet was one which I made as a memorial piece for my father when he passed away.  He served 20 years in the military on active duty and years more in reserve.  He fought wars,  he killed men during his service and later greatly regretted this,  and in his last years suffered greatly both physically and also mentally due to his service.  But he was proud to serve his country.    This was a very personal piece for please respect that fact and don't copy it.   


Sunday, October 27, 2013


This is a set of Plateau - Nez Perce' horse gear I made in 2008 and was my very first post on this blog.  I have decided to re-post it,  partly because I am discovering that my photos have gone viral more than once,  are all over Pintrest and other sites and I have not been credited for my work.  Even have found others using my photos making credits.   So....time to watermark and copyright.  Hate to do it....but its a kind of lack of respect that sadly causes this.  :-( 

This set of gear I was asked to make for a museum for display,  but as I completed it the big crash of 2008 happened and they had a budget cut...this project being one of them ( The remodel of their display gallery this was to go in ) so it instead went to a private collection.  

The model for the gear is my own Appaloosa horse "Cappy" who I also bred, raised and trained.  

The entire set of gear was made using very traditional materials, design, methods and techniques which would have been used during the last quarter of the 19th century on Plateau Horse gear.  The beads are all antique Italian beads ( They look brighter than they are due to photography effects ).  

With this set of gear I made both a classic horse collar,  a bandoleer bag ( which were also used as horse collars ) two bridles,  a saddle blanket,  a rump drape, a mt. lion skin saddle throw, and two parfletch cases as well as flat bags.  A complete set up.   

The keyhole bridle for the set. 

Detail of the keyhole bridle.  


Saturday, October 12, 2013


I was recently in Santa Fe,  and was able to get better photos of some previous works I had posted on this blog.  So I am re-posting some of the entries and deleting the old ones.  

This is a Crow - Nez Perce' style ( Also knows as "Transmontane" ) war shirt,  made from brain tanned antelope hides.  It is beaded using antique Italian beads and is sinew sewn and beaded.   

The hair locks or drops are actually horse mane hair.   Contrary to popular lore - many of the hair fringed shirts in fact were done with horse hair vs. human hair.   The other drops are ermine hides.  

 The beads are antique Italian seed beads in the classic preferred colors that the Crows and Nez Perce liked to use.   The red beads are rose white hearts.   The strips are beaded on brain tanned elk hide.

The bib of the shirt - they are the same front and back.   

Historic photo of the Walla Walla Chief Homli, wearing the same style of shirt.  



I have decided to delete and re-post a few old entry's on this blog as I have now have some better photos of these works.   

This is a Ute Style shirt,  based on some historic examples in collections as well as some old photographs.  It is made from brain tanned deer hide and hand dyed selvedge edge wool cloth.  The beads are antique Italian seed beads and carefully chosen reproduction beads.   The shirt and beadwork is made using elk sinew. 

The hide is painted using natural pigment earth paints. 

The feathers are magpie.  A bird which inhabits the Plateau and Great Basin areas of the US.  

Long fringes at the elbows made of brain tanned deer hide.  

Historic example of Ute cloth/hide shirt.