Friday, September 26, 2014


I just completed this restoration of a ca. 1850's Plateau pony beaded dress.   The original dress appeared to have been very heavily water damaged.  And after that occurrence,  someone long ago then decided to cut off the bottom of the dress and also the ends of the sleeves.   So I had to rebuild the entire piece.  

 Originally this dress was made using Mt. Sheep hide.  They are next to impossible to procure these days due to a variety of factors.  So the museum I did this work for decided using deer hides on this reconstruction was warranted.

What I had to work with initially.  Heavily damaged, warped and missing beads.  

                                       Sleeve ends were cut off,  as were thongs below the yolk.

 The dress was also missing a lot of beads.   It was originally beaded using both sinew and spun Indian hemp or Dogbane.

Finished work.  I used old brass beads for the dangles.  This dress was sized for a youth or young teen girl.   It feels very satisfying to bring such heavily damaged work back to life.  Someone made this for another they greatly loved.  I hope they are happy with what I have done to save their work and brought honor and respect back to this dress. 


Sunday, August 17, 2014

TRANSMONTAINE (Crow/Nez Perce - Shoshone ) style bags

I just finished a new pipe bag for a Shoshone friend of mine,  and thought I would show it as well as another recent bag I made.  I am calling them "Transmontaine" which is a style of beadwork that encompassed the Plateau and part of the Great Basin areas.  It is not a style that only the Crows or the Nez Perce' did.  The Shoshones also had their own variants on this style.  

Most Crow/Nez Perce and Shoshone pipe bags were more of a shorter,  squatter style than what was made on the Plains.   And they for the most part lacked quill wrapped rawhide slats below the beaded panels.  Although on Crow and Nez Perce' bags the fringe is often wrapped in wool yarn and on rare occasions ( older bags ) they used quills as well.  

This pipe bag I had fun getting a little baroque with the design and colors.  A very contemporary spin on more traditional style.  I also did a full color change on both panels,  although the designs are the same.…I like to play with color.  

These bags are of course my own interpretation of this regional style.  All are beaded using antique Italian beads on smoked brain tanned deer and antelope hide.  Sinew sewn.  


Wednesday, June 25, 2014


This weekend,  the 28th of June is the Maryhill Museum of Art wine and art auction.   I donated this purse I made just for them,  based on Columbia River petroglyphs from the area surrounding the museum.  It is beaded using 13/0 cut beads and 24k. gold plated cut beads,  on Italian leather.   Here is the link to the auction catalog    

Bid early and bid often :-)  Proceeds help support special projects and exhibits at the museum.  


Monday, June 16, 2014


Today was a great day!  Just got my copy of the Appaloosa Journal.  They did a 10 page,  15 photo expose' on my horse "Cappy and myself :-)  I am very honored by them choosing us.   And right after I got the magazine I got a phone call from the previous owners of the stallion who sired Cappy.  Seems his father was far more than I even knew.  Multiple World Champion who sired world champions.  Had a great talk with him ( And I knew the name immediately as he is huge in the Quarter Horse World as a breeder ).  He was very happy to see this article featuring his former horses last son :-)  

So yeah…..It was a pretty good day today :-)  Pick up a copy if you can :-)


Thursday, May 29, 2014


I just finished this grizzly claw necklace.  It was made using 20 real ( and legally permitted ) grizzly claws.  

I wanted the narrative of the necklace to be on the impressive nature and power of the claws.  So it was kept very simple,  made with ocher stained smoked brain tanned hide and aged brass beads.

The style was based on some early examples.  Although most of those used red cloth on them instead of hide.   At the time they were made,  cloth was far more valuable than hide was. 

And talking of impressive - Look at the numerous bear claw necklaces that Dr. Whirlwind is wearing.  This is one of my favorite images of the people here.  Strength and pride.   


Saturday, May 10, 2014


Just finished this California Cowgirl purse I made for a good friend of mine.  

I beaded this using a combination of beads ( Size 13 and 14 antique Italian beads and modern Czech cut beads,  with a few 12/o antique Italian beads in the mix. )  I also used sterling silver beads,  and sterling silver Navajo buttons.   Mounted on a "California Poppy" retro tooled Italian leather hide.  

Love having fun sometimes just making things for the joy of it :-)  


Sunday, April 27, 2014


I recently completed two bags,  based on Columbia River Petroglyphs.  

Both bags,  photographed on petroglyphs from the Columbia River currently housed at Maryhill Museum of Art.  

This first bag is based on a few very early examples of bags from the Columbia river area ( Ca. 1840 ). There is little work existing from that era today.   This one was a special project for a close friend.  Before the Bonneville Dam was built and covered Celilo Falls ( possibly the largest fishery in the world  , with so many salmon migrating up the river it was said you could walk across on their backs )  it was a highly traveled area by tribes from the Columbia River and Plateau region and beyond.  The falls were a huge trading crossroads, and after introduction of beads by Europeans,  many tons of trade goods were ferried up the river by traders to trade with inland tribes.  Sometimes accidents occurred,  and at one time you could find beads intermixed in the sand on the banks of the river.   My friend used to walk these banks collecting beads with his mother who was fighting cancer.  It was a very special time for them and probably extended her life for several years.  The beads and buttons they found are the very ones I used to make this bag for him.  This area is now the backwaters of the dam,  which covered vast stretches of important fisheries,  river banks and also petroglyphs which will never be seen again unless the dam is removed.  

This bag is on brain tanned deer hide,  sinew sewn with found antique pony beads and quilled with wolf moss dyed porcupine quills.  

This bag is a modern rendition of petroglyph designs,  again using Columbia River rock art inspiration.  It is beaded with 13/0 cut beads and 24k gold beads on Italian leather.   

Both of these bags have a lot of meaning for me,  as this is the art from where I grew up.   I can relate this to a sense of place and people.   


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 :-)