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 hair...it 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.