Monday, March 31, 2008

The Return of "Grasshopper"

I try to keep my blog posts strictly business, but my frequent readers will remember a previous post where I vented my frustrations about Dave's "copycat". Well, he's baaaaack!

For weeks, Dave pondered.....drew plans on graph paper.....thought some more, all in preparation of what he considers to be one of his best works, the Moby Dick Tatting Shuttle and Harpoon Picot Hook set. There had been several other attempts at recreating some of Dave's other popular shuttles by this Ebay seller before, so when he was ready to list Moby on Ebay, he added a statement of copyright. Can you believe, that this Ebay seller has copied not only the whale and harpoon picot hook idea, but also the copyright statement!

This seller contacted Dave on several occasions very early on in his copying career, subtlety asking questions about this or that and Dave being the nice guy he is, was more than friendly in his replies. Even now when I try and convince him to go through the proper channels to report this flagrant artistic disrespect through the VeRo process, he declined to do so. I recently discovered that this person has even started a new blog all about his tatting shuttles!

I assume, that since Grasshopper has obviously studied everything Dave has done, that he reads this blog. If he does, I have a little advice......karma is a bitch!

Ancient Ivory Spirit Pendant


A wizened old spirit face was carved on this pendant by Dave from a beautiful piece of ancient ivory. The pendant measures nearly 3 inches in length and 1/2" in width. Very old African trade copper and four carved bone beads accent this piece . The cord is a wonderful faux suede material that doesn't "shed" on your clothes like real suede does and is very easy to tie so your pendant can compliment any neckline.

Ancient walrus and mammoth tusks are dug out of the permafrost or bone mounds by Alaskan and Siberian natives annually during the summer thaw and sold to subsidize their family or village income. No wildlife has been harmed to produce our art.

"Fresh" ivory and elephant ivory will never be used in any of the artwork created by Grizzly Mountain Arts.

You can find this wise old spirit in our Etsy.com shop. Please click the link below if you would like to view this item.

Ancient Ivory Spirit Carving at Etsy.com

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Latest Additions to the Cache



Thanks to all of our wonderful patrons, we've had to add more fossil ivory and beads to our "Grizzly Mountain Cache" Etsy shop!

One of the fossil ivory items added, is a beautiful ingot of mammoth ivory. Dave shaped and finished this piece so it can be worn as is, or it is ready for you to try your hand at scrimshaw. Other fossil ivory lots recently added, are eleven lots of fossil shards that would be ideal for wire wrappers or carvers.

When I make my tribally inspired jewelry, I tend to use the more imperfect looking supplies as I feel that in their imperfection, they are perfect. The newly added Terra Cotta blue beads are a fine example of this. When you look through our galleries of sold items on our website, you can quickly identify what I (Jo) make, and what Dave makes, as his work is precise and polished and mine is....not so much :)

If you'd like to take a look at our newest Cache items, please click the link below.

Grizzly Mountain Cache--Primitive Supplies and Other Unusual Findings

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Basket Embellishments Added to the Cache




We've just added a new item to our "Grizzly Mountain Cache" Etsy shop--handmade ceramic basket embellishments!

All of our ceramic centerpieces were made by Jo. We use them in our basketry for lid centerpieces and bottoms of plates and bowls.

If you would like to see our new items, please click the link below. We hope to be adding more basket embellishments in the future.

Handmade Ceramic Basket Embellishments--Grizzly Mountain Cache

Friday, March 28, 2008

New Primitive Supply--Snake Vertebrae



If you are looking for a primitive, tribal supply you will love these snake vertebrae! They average in length about 9-10mm and are a rich natural brown color. These would make striking accent pieces when combined with turquoise or other organic supplies.

Snake vertebrae are used for divination throughout Africa and in other VooDoo rituals, as they are believed to be the bones of African ancestors. They are also used as elements of the ritual paraphernalia of the jhankri and bijuwa, shamans in central Nepal. Snake vertebrae is also commonly use in the Native American culture in the preparation of medicine bundles.

These snake vertebrae are currently for sale in our "Grizzly Mountain Cache" supply shop at Etsy.com. Please click the link below if you would like to view this item.

10 Snake Vertebrae on Etsy.com

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Items!



We've added some new items to our Etsy shops!

In our "Grizzly Mountain Arts" shop, we've added some new cameo needle minders and a couple of carved fossil ivory pendants.

Our "Grizzly Mountain Cache" supply shop is now home for some stunning fossil ivory focal beads that were turned by Dave on the lathe.

If you would like to view our new items, please click on either of the Etsy minis to the left and right of this post, or click one of the links below.

Grizzly Mountain Arts New Items

Grizzly Mountain Cache New Items

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Faux Tortoise Shell Tatting Shuttle and Picot Hook


These tatting tools have the vintage look of tortoise shell. Dave made this 2 ½ inch side tatting shuttle and accessory picot hook from imitation acrylic tortoise shell and bone. The picot hook is 4 inches long and has a ringed end so you can hang it from a chain, cord or ribbon.

This set is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this auction, please click the link below.
Faux Tortoise Shell Tatting Shuttle and Picot Hook on Ebay.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Czech Style Beading Shuttle

This Czech style beading shuttle was carved from Ebony wood and is a commissioned piece. Mammoth ivory and gold leaf etching adds elegance to the design.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Short Bone Crochet Hooks


Dave hand made these little crochet hooks from bone. Each crochet hook has a colorful celluloid insert. These small hooks are ideal for those with small hands or those that hold a hook with a overhand palm grip.

The sizes are as follows:

Green and Yellow Hook Size: US size E 3.5 mm

Red Hook Size: US size F 3.75 mm

Dark Amber Hook Size: US size G 4.00 mm

Cobalt Blue Hook Size: US size H 5.00 mm

These beautiful little hooks are up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view these items, please click the link below.

Short Bone Crochet Hooks Listing on Ebay.com

Mahogany and Carved Deer Antler Lace Bobbin


Our newest bobbin is a long 4 ¾ inch Continental style lace bobbin. Dave uses this mahogany wood sparingly since it is from an old ships timber he found washed up on the Oregon coast while beach combing. The insert is carved deer antler. It is drilled for a spangle and has been initialed and dated by Dave. This bobbin is up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this auction, please click the link below.

We use shed antlers which naturally fall off the animal each year after the breeding season. They grow back during spring and summer and are fully developed again by the fall breeding season. After that, they are shed and the process repeated again for the next years growth.
Mahogany and Carved Antler Lace Bobbin on Ebay.com

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Scrimshaw on Ivory Lace Picot Gauge/Ruler



Another neat little lace tool for your collection! Dave made this little ruler out of ancient mammoth ivory with little Rosewood finger grips.

The measuring increments for picots are 1/16 inch by 2 inches. The width is ¼ inch so you can use it has a ¼ inch picot gauge. The back is scrimshawed with an oak leaf and acorn motif. Dave also carved an oak leaf fob out of fossil ivory and Jo has beaded the fob with garnets. This piece has been initialed and dated by Dave.

This lace picot gauge/ruler is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view more photos of this item, please click the link below.

Scrimshaw on Ivory Lace Picot Gauge/Ruler on Ebay.com

Hand Painted Porcelain Magnetic Needle Minder


Being a scrimshaw artist, it is probably obvious that Dave likes to work in miniatures. He hand crafted this unique porcelain OOAK 2 piece magnet needle holder and hand painted a lighthouse by moonlight scene on it with porcelaine paint. To firmly bond the paint, the disc is oven baked at 300 degrees. The back piece also has a rare earth magnet inset into a turned Rosewood finger grip for pulling the two pieces apart.

Rare earth magnets are about 8 to 10 times stronger than regular craft type magnets. Keep this needle holder away from your computer, credit cards and pacemakers.

This needle minder is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view more photos of this item, please click the link below.

Hand Painted Porcelain Magnetic Needle Minder at Ebay.com

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hand Carved Bone Swordfish Flat Tatting Shuttle


Dave has carved this unique swordfish flat tatting shuttle from bone. This shuttle measures nearly 4 inches in length and about 1 inch at it's widest point.

This is an original design and therefore copyright protected.

This tatting shuttle is currently for sale in our Etsy.com shop. Please click the link below if you would like to view this item.

Hand Carved Bone Swordfish Flat Tatting Shuttle at Etsy.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lil Rascal Handy Winder Tatting Shuttle




Dave's hands are large and when he makes these petite 2 ¼ inch shuttles he has trouble holding on to them so he started calling them his “Lil Rascals”. He thought that some tatters who like the small shuttles may have the same problem while loading them with thread so he has added a handy screw-in finger holder to help you load the shuttle. He wishes he could take credit for inventing this but alas, it is based on a design by a German shuttle maker. He also wishes he could say these are easy to make, but as you might guess, they take a bit of engineering so he can't predict how often he will be putting them up for auction.

This petite shuttle is made from Birdseye Maple and the eye patterns stand out very clearly. You will note that the shuttle does not have the usual thread hole in the post. This is because the screw receiver had to be inset into the shuttle post to receive the threaded handle. Dave turned the handle from joined East Indian Rosewood, Birdeye Maple and colorful celluloid accent rings.

This Lil Rascal Handy Winder Tatting Shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. Please click the link below if you would like to view this auction


Lil Rascal Handy Winder Tatting Shuttle on Ebay.com

Ebony and Celluloid Lace Bobbin


Dave turned this 4 inch lace making bobbin from ebony wood. The stunning contrasting material is vivid blue celluloid. The end has been drilled for a spangle.

This bobbin is up for auction on Ebay. If you would like to view this auction, please click the link below.

Ebony and Celluloid Lace Bobbin Auction on Ebay.com

Sharp Bone Needlepoint Laying Tool


Dave turned this 5 ½ inch laying tool out of bone and dyed box elder wood. It is also accented with bone beads.

This laying tool is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. Please click the link below if you would like to view this auction.


Sharp Bone Needlepoint Laying Tool on Ebay.com

Monday, March 17, 2008

New Vintage Tibetan Beads Added to our Cache!




We have just added the most amazing vintage beads to our "Grizzly Mountain Cache" supply shop at Etsy.com.

The Nepalese Tibetan yak bone beads are from a very old mala and are inlayed with turquoise, coral and silver. Mala (prayer beads) are strings of beads used as an aid to prayer and the recitation of mantras in the Buddhist religion. These beads were made by Tibetans in Bouddha Stupa which is in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The vintage bodhi seed beads were also made in Kathmandu, Nepal and are inlayed with turquoise, coral, brass and copper. Bodhi seeds, are seeds from the Buddha wisdom tree.

These items are currently for sale along with some other new additions in our Etsy.com shop! Please click the link below if you would like to view these beads.

Vintage Tibetan Beads in GrizzlyMountainCache's Etsy shop

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Oregon Cascades Myrtlewood Tatting Shuttle #7


Made with love on Grizzly Mountain!

This is #7 of our NEW line of signature tatting shuttles made exclusively for our Etsy.com shop!

This 2 5/8 inch post style tatting shuttle was handcrafted from Oregon myrtlewood and has been burn etched with our Oregon Cascade Logo. This shuttle has been signed and numbered by Dave.

This shuttle is currently for sale in our Etsy shop. Please click the link below to view this item.

Oregon Cascades Myrtlewood Tatting Shuttle #7 at Etsy.com

New Cameo Needle Minders in Our Etsy Shop!




We have just added some new needle minders to our Etsy shop! These are more of the vintage inspired cameos and all have the rare earth magnets inlayed into the back of both the cameo and turned wood piece. You could even separate the two and use both pieces as refrigerator magnets!

Click here to view our fiber art tools in our Etsy.com shop!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Fossil Ivory Hair Holder or Shawl Pin


Dave hand carved this hair barrette/pony tail holder out of ancient Russian woolly mammoth ivory. The holding pin is turned from bone with a finial of colorful fossil ivory. Mammoth have been extinct for 10,000 years. It is initialed and dated by Dave, the maker/artist. A copy of the certificate of ivory age and origin will accompany this barrette. This beautiful piece could also be used as a shawl pin with crocheted and knitted pieces.

This item is currently for sale in our Etsy.com shop. If you would like to view this item, please click the link below.

Fossil Ivory Hair Holder or Shawl Pin on Etsy.com

Friday, March 14, 2008

Three Muses Cameo Tatting Shuttle


This is a 2 3/4 inch tatting shuttle that Dave hand crafted from American Cherry wood. He then carved a recess in the top and inset the vintage inspired "Three Muses" cameo. Dave selected cherry for this shuttle because he felt the pinkish color complimented the blue cameo so well. Thisi tatting shuttle has been initialed and dated by Dave.

This shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this item, please click the link below.

Three Muses Cameo Tatting Shuttle on Ebay.com

What's Been Cookin' in the Kiln for Summer?



Jo has been working on some new items for the summer show season. This newest batch of earthenware is fresh out of the kiln and will soon begin their life as refrigerator art.

If you are planning on being in Sisters, Oregon or on the beautiful Oregon coast in Yachats for your summer vacation, look for us!

Fossil Ivory Scissor Fob


We usually sell our scissor fobs on Ebay, but we thought we'd try a couple out in our Etsy.com shop. This 4 1/2 inch length scissor fob is an OOAK (one of a kind) piece! Dave has hand carved the acorn and Oak leaf from fossil ivory and Jo put it together with cat's eye, Swarovski crystals and gold tone beads. A gold tone clasp will securely fasten your fob onto your scissors. The scissors shown in the photo are for display purposes only.

This item is for sale in our Etsy.com shop. If you would like to view this item, please click the link below.
Fossil Ivory Scissor Fob on Etsy.com

We've Been Featured!


Etsy.com artist, Edge of the Wildwood , has featured us on her blog! She has featured one of the pine needle baskets that's currently for sale in our shop. Wildwood does spectacular pyrography (burn etching) and has many beautiful pieces for sale in her Etsy shop, Wildwood.

Thank you, Carey! We really appreciate the feature!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hitty Doll Sweetgrass Basket


Dave has made several Hitty dolls in the past, and for lovers of the book "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" by Rachel Field, this basket will be familiar as Hitty spent quite a bit of time hidden in a similar one. If you have never read this book, you should! It is quite the adventure story for young and old alike! This basket measures about 6 inches in diameter and about 3 inches in height. The portrait of Hitty on the lid was done using pyrography (burn etching) and painted. The book shown in the photos is not included and is for display purposes only.

This basket is currently for sale in our Etsy.com shop. If you would like to view this item, please click the link below.

Hitty Doll Sweetgrass Basket at Etsy.com

Monday, March 10, 2008

Carved Acorn Frig Magnet


Made with love on Grizzly Mountain!

Dave made this beautiful acorn magnet out of a beautiful piece of cedar, then burn-etched the detail on the acorn's cap. This little acorn measures about two inches in length by an inch and a quarter wide.

We use rare earth magnets in all of our refrigerator magnets which will hold much more than the usual crafting magnet.

This acorn magnet is for sale in our Etsy shop for $7.50. If you'd like to view this item, please click the link below.

Carved Acorn Frig Magnet on Etsy.com

"Lady with Flowers" Cameo Needle Minder



We made this graceful "Lady with Flowers" cameo needle minder from a gorgeous vintage inspired resin cameo. The needle minder measures about 1 1/2" in length by 1 1/4" wide. We inlayed a rare earth magnet on the back. Dave inlayed another rare earth magnet into a beautiful piece of Walnut that he turned on the lathe. Together, these beauties will "mind" your needle conveniently on your project! You could even take off the "minder" and use this as a frig magnet.

Rare-earth magnets are strong, permanent magnets made from alloys of rare earth elements. Rare-earth magnets are substantially stronger than ferrite or alnico magnets, so you'll need to keep this away from your credit cards or pacemaker.

This needle minder is currently for sale in our Etsy.com shop for $10.00. If you'd like to view this item, please click the link below.

"Lady with Flowers" Cameo Needle Minder on Etsy.com

Hand Crafted Wood and Copper Lace Bobbin


Dave made this 4 ½ inch Continental style lace bobbin out of Walnut, Cherry and Copper. He has hand etched the copper accent ring with a floral filigree design. This bobbin is drilled for a spangle and initialed and dated by Dave. This bobbin is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this auction, please click this link below.

Hand Crafted Wood and Copper Lace Bobbin on Ebay.com

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Hand Painted Porcelain Needle Minder


Being a scrimshaw artist, it is probably obvious that Dave likes to work in miniatures. He hand crafted this unique porcelain OOAK 2 piece magnet needle holder and hand painted a lighthouse scene on it with Porcelaine paint. To firmly bond the paint, the disc is oven baked at 300 degrees. The back piece also has a rare earth magnet inset into a turned Rosewood finger grip for pulling the two pieces apart.

Rare earth magnets are about 8 to 10 times stronger than regular craft type magnets. Keep this needle holder away from your computer, credit cards and pacemakers.

This hand painted needle minder is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this item, please click the link below.


Hand Painted Porcelain Needle Minder on Ebay.com

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Scrimshaw Bone Sampler Style Ruler



This delicate little ruler was made especially for the sampler stitchers and collectors. Dave made this little bone ruler in a sampler style. This is rigid bone, about 1/16 inch thick, not thin and flexible like the rulers made from piano keys. The alphabet, flowers, markings and poem are all scrimshawed in the bone.

The poem that is scrim'd on the back is also by Dave.

This ruler is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this auction, please click the link below.

Scrimshaw Bone Sampler Style Ruler

Friday, March 07, 2008

Fine Silver Inlay Tatting Shuttle



The classic warm feeling of exoctic wood with the elegance of fine silver. This is a petite shuttle, only 2 1/4 inches long. Dave carved it from Goncalo Alves wood and inlaid it with a fine silver filigree disc, which was made by Jo. Jo uses Silver Precious Metal Clay which she shapes and fires in the kiln at 1650 degrees. The organic clay binders burn away melting the silver particals together into solid 99.9 % pure FINE SILVER. This shuttle has been initialed and dated by Dave.

Goncalo Alves wood grows in the upland forest of many regions from Mexico and Central America to Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador.

This shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this more photos of this item, please click the link below.


Fine silver Inlay Tatting Shuttle on Ebay.com

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Swordfish Tatting Shuttle



This Swordfish is carved from bone and is 4 inches long and comes with it own built in knot pick. It is initialed and dated by Dave. USER WARNING: No running while playing with this shuttle, as the pick is very sharp! ;)

NOTE: The conceptual and artistic design elements of this SWORDFISH SHUTTLE are the intellectual property and copyright of GRIZZLY MOUNTAIN ARTS.

This shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this item, please click the link below.


Swordfish Tatting Shuttle on Ebay.com

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Pearl Celluloid Tatting Shuttle and Pick


Dave made this shuttle and sharp bone pick set out of pearlized celluloid. The shuttle is 2 ½ inches long and the overall length of the bone pick with the slip on cap is 3 ½ inches, 3 inches with the cap off. The shuttle is initialed and dated by Dave.

This set is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this auction, please click the link below.



Pearl Celluloid Tatting Shuttle and Pick on Ebay.com

Rosewood, Ivory and Bone Tatting Pick



This tatting pick is new but Dave intended to make it look more like an heirloom, something that perhaps a mother may have passed down to her daughter or granddaughter. It is made of Rosewood with a sharp bone pick. 10,000 year old mammoth ivory was used for the carved accent ring on the slip-on point protector. Like most of the ancient ivory, it shows signs of weather cracks, further adding to its antique look, but it is stable and firmly bonded to the wood. The pick is 3 ¼ inches long and with the protector on, it is 4 inches long.

Dave could not really find a good spot to mark this piece with his initials and date, but we will send along a signed “ABOUT THE ARTIST” information card.

This tool is currently up for auction on Ebay.com. If you would like to view this item, please click the link below.
Rosewood, Ivory and Bone Tatting Pick on Ebay.com