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    I used to work in steel and wood too.

    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.
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    Wow. That's tres cool.

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    Next thing we will find out is that your avatar was a pet elephant you trained to climb trees while you were travelling through Africa.

    My life needs more variety now. Crap.

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    Awesome stuff, and I am stressing the AWE! Wow

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    Wow! How many years back was that? My mother has gone out there for the market for ~20 years -- I wonder if she got to see your work in person.
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    It' been about 15 years now, we used to park with a big trailer full of sculptures off the plaza. My boss was named Elwood Martin Reynolds. He had quite the reputation as a hell raiser and bum in Santa Fe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tristan View Post
    Next thing we will find out is that your avatar was a pet elephant you trained to climb trees while you were travelling through Africa.

    My life needs more variety now. Crap.
    he was hungry and how do you say know to an elephant, they are so cute with those eyes and that enormous man crushing trunk.
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    Son - I think for your next thread you should do a timeline of careers over the years. From the sound of it, you often had several going at the same time - you have definitely lived an interesting life my friend.

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    usually 2 to 3 jobs in completely different fields simultaneously . soils Engineer, environmental technician, forensic engineer, field paleontologist, sculptor, knife maker, landscape designer, concrete pourer, made semi conductors for motorola, chef, runner, jewelry maker, weapons maker, Native American regalia maker, trader of rare and exotic stuff, roofer, professional man hunter, and some things I really don't remember after the stroke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    he was hungry and how do you say know to an elephant, they are so cute with those eyes and that enormous man crushing trunk.
    Sorry, I meant she forgive me Sophie!
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