Thursday, January 28, 2010
As you may have noticed I haven't been posting much more than just the Sky Watch photo's for some time, because I have been devoting nearly every day for over a month to the making of this gourd rattle.
My title of "Friendship Gourd Rattle" is because I custom created this one for a longtime Apache friend who's daughter is soon to have her "Sunrise Ceremony" (traditional celebration of young Apache girl becoming a woman)...I did this as a gift to present to this young Apache Lady.
The style of the rattle is in the" Peyote Stitch" ( sometimes called the "Gourd Stitch") and I used size 15/0 seed beads which are only about 1 mm wide and I used the Apache colors for the Four Directions, White,Yellow,Blue, Black.
I used my own designs in the beading to create a feathers design and it consists of over 6800 beads....one bead at a time in the beading process.
There are 12 twisted pieces of buckskin for the fringe at the end of the Rattle handle, and there is a bundle of Horsehair at the very front.
The Rattle sound is made of some of the seed beads and some very special Ant Hill Garnets in the gourd to make a nice Rattle sound.
See below various photo's of the different parts of beading, click on any photo to enlarge.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Clouds never cease to amaze me with their different formations and shapes...and today's post is no exception.
Each day Mother Nature sends out Her Cloud Women to roam the earth with their long billowing skirts and as they come to our mountains they gently lift their skirts to step over the Mountains and the updrafts from these mountains and air currents catch their skirts forming them into an awesome display of cloud formations.
Today's post show some of those awesome creations in the form of "Cloud Feathers", as I call them.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
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Today I am posting a Panoramic view of a Sunset we had just a couple of days ago, I will start in the East South East and pan towards the West with the final Photograph being dead West.
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Friday, January 8, 2010
We took shots right through the window and screen as quickly as we could before he decided to fly away, which was a very short time.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
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In my post today I will be bringing you several views of our Winter Sunrise sky here in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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Friday, January 1, 2010
This Flute is tuned to the key of F#
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View of the Turquoise Inlay and wood burned designs around the fingering holes.
Close up of the end you blow on with creative turnings
This next flute is made from Mahogony Wood with a Block (Bird) carved from cedar with an inlaid Turquoise nugget.