the evolution of a wild mountain pendant

many miles of wandering these creeks and mesas and mountains reveal the treasures i love to collect.  it take countless hours of "dirt time."
i find things and beings whose big hearts once beat in their brave chests.
this lovely young man was found in the mountains near my home.
the hunters left his head (face), legs and interestingly enough, his antlers.
of course i went back with a saw.  i use these antlers for various projects (which by the way are shed naturally every spring by the lads.)
check 'em out on ESTY

Elk Hides

In the fall, during the Elk hunting season, I collect unwanted hides.  Often times the hunters leave them in the forest.  I put the word out and the hides show up.  I use the dry scape and traditional brain tan method to make beautiful soft buckskin.  It can be used for anything you would use soft leather or suede for.  Here are a couple bags I made during the cold snowy  months last winter. Kiva and I sat near the woodstove, listened to stories on CD's and beaded these designs.

I didn't take any new hides this year as I am still scraping a large bull elk and a deer hide from last winter.  I use the antlers for buttons, beads and pendants.