I was digging into my computer and found these pictures Of some steel sculptures I did as an apprentice in Santa Fe, NM. We used to do Indian Market every year and sold quite a lot of pieces. I would do anywhere from 75% to 100% of the work from design to fabrication and he would put his name on it, because I was the apprentice. These are all mine, The turtle is at the permanent Art collection at De Anza College in Cupertino, Ca. It may not have my name on it, but I made it. The horses are more or less life size and are in private collections and the kachina also. I had fun in those years traveling every weekend, we did about 40 shows a year from coast to coast
, so as you can imagine we worked our asses off, well I did anyway.
The other thing I used to do is hand carve Native American Weapons, using stone, teeth, bone and fire as tools. Very traditional old school kinda stuff. I only ever kept one piece and that is my first Menominee wooden ball club. I carved it from a root base of an unknown tree I found in the woods. I hardened the root ball and polished it with sand and leather, I carved the octagon handle with beaver teeth and flint and polished and rubbed the whole thing with a mixture of beeswax and bear grease mixed with hand ground and mined red ochre. It has a lot of weight to it and feels like an extension of your hand. You smack someone with it, they don't get up and if they do they ain't ever the same. seriously. Sorry the picture quality ain't that great, I took these a few years ago. The club is much more beautiful in person. I wish I had it with me instead of in storage. It's kinda comforting to hold.