Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sky Watch Friday for Nov.27

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I have been very busy beading on a new Peyote Gourd Rattle so I have not had much chance to get out taking photographs went back to Nov. 20 photos, and after a gorgeous day we got another beautiful sunset which I did take pictures they are.

The Start of a sunset in the South

Start of Sunset in the South West

Almost due West..sunset building

At very first hint of a Western sunset

Western Sunset building

Full sunset in the West

I will post photographs of the new Peyote Gourd Rattle when it is finished, please check back at a later date.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Mahogany Flutes

Today my post will be of two new Mahogany Flutes I have just finished.

The first one has a Howling Wolf I carved from some Aromatic Red Cedar for the block (Bird).

Howling Wolf Mahogany Flute with some creative turning at the mouth end.

This flute is tuned to the Key of G.

Close up of the Howling Wolf Carved block (Bird).

Top view of the Wolf Flute.

This next flute is also made of Mahogany and I carved an Eagle Head for the Block (Bird) out of Aromatic Red Cedar, a very detailed carving.

This Flute is also tuned to the key of G.

View of the Eagle Flute made from Mahogany

Close up view of the Carved Eagle Head

Top view of the flute also showing 10 round dots of Popular wood inlaid into the Mahogany as decoration.

Sky Watch Friday Nov.20

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Here is my posting for Sky Watch Friday Nov. 20, Although the photographs were taken on Nov. 19 early morning sunrise.

After Two days or rainy skies the sun is beginning to rise and the clouds are rolling off to the North East as we anticipate partly cloudy afternoon skies here in the mountains of NC.

First light in the East on a very foggy morning

The Sun rises from a break in the clouds a few minutes later

Clouds break apart reveling a Blue Sky

Foggy Sunrise in the North West

Sunrise to the North East

Monday, November 16, 2009

Maple Flute

Today's post is of a Maple Flute I have been making, finally done now and am posting a few photographs of it for your viewing.

The Maple wood is a highly Figured and Spalded and makes for very interesting patterns in the wood and because highly Figured and Spalded Maple wood is also expensive I took alot of extra time in making it so as to not waste the wood.

The Flute is in the key of F#...a very nice mellow tone.

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View of the flute from one side.

View from the top showing the Turquoise nugget I inlaid into the Block (Bird)

View of the other side

Close up of the Figured and Spalded grain pattern

Close up of the Block (Bird) with Turquoise nugget inlaid

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sky Watch Friday- Nov 9 Sunrise

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Here is my post for Friday, a very quick sunrise on Nov. 9 just before a rain front moved in and it rained for Three days so I had to be quick to catch it before the clouds took over and the rain started. Please excuse some of the graininess of the photos because I was in a hurry and didn't check the viewing screen from shooting on manual so they are a bit underexposed on some.

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Sunrise in the East

Just a bit North East

Sunrise in the North

Sunrise in North East

Sunrise in the South
I usually make it a point to not put in a photograph with Electric lines in it, but this time I am, because it was a rush shot and I didn't have time to properly crop the shot while shooting it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

SKYWATCH November Fourth Sunrise

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My Post today for Sky Watch Friday is of a Sunrise I took on November Fourth here in the NC on any photo for larger view.

Sunrise in the East

Sunrise in the South East

Sunrise in the South

Big Morning Moon in the West

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ceremonial Peyote Gourd Rattle # 109

Today's post is of a Ceremonial Peyote Gourd Rattle that I have been making for the past month and finally finished it today.

The overall length is 15 1/2 inches long plus (12) twisted Buckskin Fringes of 9 1/2 inches long each.

There are about 3200 12/0 glass seed beads that I beaded bead at a it took many days of work on just the beading..about a month total.

The Gourd part contains Ant Hill Garnet chips and other small pebbles from the Ant Hills because it is to be used for Ceremony.

I drew on and wood burned into the gourd an Eagle which is split with beading around the gourd.

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Overall view of the Peyote Gourd Rattle

Close up view of the front

Close up of beading and Horse Hair Bundle at front

Close up of front portion of Rattle and Beading

Beading at the back of the handle

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lake Toxaway Falls

Today's post is of some of the photographs I took while up at Lake Toxaway that I mentioned a few posts back.

Following is a series of photographs of the Falls there.

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View of the upper portion of the Falls

View through the trees at the tumbling waters

The view further downstream

Over the first set of the falls