Thursday, October 30, 2008
Our last show of the season is rapidly approaching! This weekend, we will be participating in the "Crafts on the Coast Annual Harvest and Holidays Art and Craft Fair" in Yachats, Oregon. This is a wonderful venue for a show and there is always a great variety of artists, not to mention the location is fabulous!
You may have noticed some items are missing from our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop and from our Good Dirt Jewelry Etsy shop. These pieces will be available this weekend at the show.
Here's another new addition to our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop!
Dave has carved this 3 1/2 inch nalbinding needle from fossil mammoth ivory and has hand polished it to a high gloss. These are truly little gems and feel so nice in your hand.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This is our newest addition to our Etsy shop! Dave has hand carved this overhand size H crochet hook from Oregon Myrtlewood and Walnut.
This beautiful Myrtlewood and Walnut has been accented with a deep purplish-red celluloid ring. The length of this size H (5.00mm) hook measures 5 3/4 inches . Dave has burn etched our Grizzly Mountain Arts Cascades logo on one side.
Monday, October 27, 2008
It's been quite a while since Dave made his Wood Spirit Crochet Hooks. Today, he listed four new ones on Ebay! These unique crochet hooks are made for a easy OVERHAND grip.
Dave hand carves the wood spirit face so that it faces down when held. The smooth side rests against the palm while working. No two wood spirits come out alike
since he does them freehand and the wood grain has a lot to do with the outcome of the spirit face also. Now you can enjoy your crocheting
with a little friend.
Size H, 5 inch (5.00 mm) hook is made from Maple burl and walnut.
Size J, 5 1/4 inch (6.00
mm) hook is made from Oak and Birch.
Size K, 5 inch (6.50 mm) hook is made from Maple Burl and Birch.
Size L, is a 5 1/4 inch (8.00 mm) hook made from light color Purpleheart and Birch.
Be sure and click on each photo to get a closer look!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is Dave's newest drop spindle and it's a beauty! The top whorl drop spindle has a burn etched Victorian motif and a gorgeous brilliant red celluloid accent piece. If you would like to view more photos of this spindle, please click on the link above. This piece has been intialed on the whorl bottom by Dave, the maker.
Type: Top whorl
Whorl: 2 1/4 inches
Length: 10 inches (not including brass top hook).
Wt: 0.8 Oz Lightweight
Materials: Walnut, White Holly Wood and Ruby Red celluloid accents
Other: Brass tip/bumper protector
This is a beautiful 2 1/2 inch nalbinding needle that Dave carved from rare Blue Mammoth Ivory. It is the little sister to the last blue needle that recently sold on Ebay at auction. One side shows a mix of blue and brown colors. The other side is a solid deep blue, almost black, color. The ivory is at least 10,000 years old. It is initialed by Dave, the maker. Perfect for SCA Ren-Faire!
Made with love on Grizzly Mountain!
We made this "A Gift of Apples" cameo needle minder from a gorgeous vintage inspired resin cameo. We inlayed a rare earth magnet with clear resin on the back. Dave encased another rare earth magnet into a piece of faux ivory (resin) that he turned on the lathe. Together, these beauties will "mind" your needle conveniently on your project! Separated, the cameo needle minder and faux ivory back would also make two handy refrigerator magnets!
This and five more new cameo needle minders have been added to the Fiber Art Tool section of our Etsy shop!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Dave learned today that Ebay will stop worldwide sales of ALL ivory items and items with ivory in or on them effective January 2009. You can read more at the following link:
While the ban is intended to stop international trafficking in illegal elephant ivory, Ebay is banning sale of ALL ivory including legal ancient mammoth and fossil walrus ivory because Ebay cannot be sure if any ivory is being properly listed and described so they are "throwing the baby out with the wash water" and banning all ivory products, including heirlooms.
So what does this mean for Dave and the mammoth ivory items he makes? Well obviously he won’t be selling them at auction on Ebay after January. He plans on listing some items with mammoth ivory in our ETSY Shop and we are considering posting some items on our website with BUY NOW buttons that link directly to PayPal. Also, he will continue to fill custom orders for items made with ancient ivory.
As we have stated many time, we do not use elephant ivory in making any of our items. Ancient mammoth ivory is considered fossil ivory and is legal to import and export without restrictions. It is a shame that some bad apples in the ivory trade are ruining the Ebay market place for the artist who only use legal ancient fossil ivory in their craft.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Dave hand made this 1/8 inch orifice diz and threading hook set out of walnut and ancient mammoth ivory. The diz is a 2 3/8 x 2 inch walnut oval with a center insert of smooth ivory, so no fiber snags on the wood grain or edges. The orifice threading hook is brass with a walnut handle, ivory and ebony accent rings. Dave has also burn etched the Victorian design on the diz by hand. This piece has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Dave carved this Double Wraps Per Inch (WPI) yarn gauge from Buffalo bone. It is 3 inches long by 1 inch wide and has both a ½ inch and a 1 inch WPI gauge. Dave has also hand carved a Rose and Leaf motif on one side. It has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.
This beautiful yarn ball winder, which is also called a nostepinde or nostepinne, is 10 3/4" in length. Dave turned this one-of-a-kind fiber art tool from a gorgeous piece of Fiddleback Maple. We discovered this and other fabulous pieces of unique wood at a specialty wood mill while traveling through the Cascade mountains recently. This nostepinde also features antiqued brass finials and a hand etched pyrography maple leaf motif, also done by Dave. You can find more photos of this nostepinde in the Fiber Art Tool section of our Etsy shop.
What is Fiddleback Maple?
Fiddleback maple, also known as flamed maple, curly maple, or tiger stripe, is a feature of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted in an undulating pattern, producing wavy lines known as "flames". This effect is often mistakenly said to be part of the grain of the wood; it is more accurately called "figure", as the distortion is perpendicular to the grain direction. Prized for its beautiful appearance, it is used frequently in the manufacturing of musical instruments, such as violins, and fine furniture.
During the westward expansion of early settlers and explorers into the lands west of the Appalachian Mountains, curly maple was often used for making the stocks used on Kentucky rifles.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Jo has just added 8 new fossil ivory nalbinding needles to our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy Shop! You'll find a variety of sizes and materials, including fossil walrus and mammoth ivory and deer antler.
Dave has carved the 4 inch, 102mm nalbinding needle above, from fossil mammoth ivory and has hand polished it to a high gloss. We have photographed both sides of this needle to show the uniqueness of the ancient ivory. Each nalbinding needle has been initialed by Dave and comes in it's own velour drawstring bag.
You can't live near Suttle Lake in the Cascades and not know about Sasquatch!
While making this monster 4 ¼ inch shuttle, Dave was inspired by the legends of Big Foot roaming the wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest, so he named it the “Sasquatch”.
This shuttle is similar in size to the popular large plastic Tatsy shuttle, but it is made out of Oregon Myrtlewood. Dave has burn etched our Cascade Mountains logo on one side and a “Big Foot” print on the other. It has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.
Oregon Myrtlewood is a broadleaf evergreen native to Southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California. Although different, Oregon Myrtlewood has a lot of similarities to the Myrtlewood growing in the Holy Land. Oregon Myrtlewood became popular for making gift items back in the early 1900’s. Oregon Myrtlewood possesses a wide variety of beautiful colors and grain patterns and is noted by many as being one of the world’s most beautiful woods. The colors range from blond to black with many shades of honey, browns, grays, reds and greens in between. Oregon woodworkers have developed a small cottage industry making handcrafted Myrtle wood products and gifts for visitors. Many beautiful gifts and works of art crafted out of Myrtlewood. In the Bible, the Myrtle tree is of special religious significance, representing fertility and life.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This is a beautiful 3 1/2 inch nalbinding needle that Dave carved from rare Blue Mammoth Ivory. One side shows a mix of blue and brown colors. The other side is a solid deep blue, almost black, color. The ivory is at least 10,000 years old. It is initialed by Dave, the maker. Perfect for SCA Ren-Faire!
Dave handmade this 2 1/4 inch bobbin shuttle by a "quilting" of different woods, Birds Eye Maple, Padauk and Grandillo. The bobbin is a common plastic singer available at any Wal-Mart and comes in a 4 pak. It has a #14 steel crochet hook inset in the nose. This shuttle has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Dave handmade this 2 5/8 inch post shuttle out of beautiful maple burl. It has been inset with a resin "Girl with Pearls" cameo. This shuttle has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Dave and I took a little weekend trip that lasted until today, to visit our son in Portland. We had a wonderful trip and saw some beautious scenery driving from the high desert of central Oregon over the Cascades to the big city. We even learned a new term for fall foilage viewers--did you know the people of Detroit, Oregon call you "Leaf Lookers"? LOL
The photo is of the Three Sisters mountains of the Cascade range. I snapped this photo just outside of Sisters, Oregon through the windshield, so you may find a bug or two there somewhere.
On the way home, Dave wanted to stop at a specialty woodmill and did he ever find some special pieces of wood! I think you'll be seeing some fabulous pieces in the future :)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Dave has made this beautiful Top Whorl Drop Spindle from Oregon Myrtlewood. The spindle whorl has a colorful purple celluloid accent piece. This piece has been initialed and dated by Dave on whorl bottom. Please click the link above for more photos of this piece.
Type: Top whorl
Whorl: 2 3/8 inches
Length: 9 1/2 inches (not including brass top hook).
Wt: 1.2 Oz
Materials: Oregon Myrtlewood, walnut, color celluloid whorl accent
Other: Brass tip/bumper protector
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Dave hand carved this Lady Hoare shuttle out of buffalo bone. It is 4 inches long and relief carved with roses on one side. It is initialed and dated by Dave on the other side. This piece is currently up for auction on Ebay.
We made this "Girl with Pearls" cameo needle minder from a gorgeous vintage inspired resin cameo. We inlayed a rare earth magnet with clear resin on the back. We set the cameo in a gold toned setting to give this needle minder a finished look. Dave inlayed another rare earth magnet into a beautiful piece of pau ferro that he turned on the lathe. Together, these beauties will "mind" your needle conveniently on your project!
You can find this little beauty in the "Fiber Art Tool" section of our Etsy shop.
Handmade Birch Crochet Hooks
Dave usually creates highly stylized crochet hooks with ancient ivory and bone carvings to sell on Ebay. I've been asking him to design a line of hooks that we could sell directly to our Etsy customers for under $20 and he's done just that!
The hooks of this new line are made from White Birch, a favorite wood of commercial crochet hook makers for the smooth grain that doesn't snag on your yarn, and for the high tensile strength. They are all 6 inches in length.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Q&A About Imported Bone Tatting Shuttles
Dave tries to never rag on any other shuttles or shuttle makers, but he has gotten a few questions from patrons asking what they can do about the inexpensive imported bone shuttle they bought that has come apart where it has been glued together. He provides the following information from his experience:
"These imported bone post shuttles are held together with modern CA glue or cyanoacrylates [tradenames: Hot Stuff, Zap, Crazy Glue, etc.]. CA glue is great and I use it on wood and ancient ivory however I do not use it to make a bone post shuttle. Why? Bone is not ivory! Ivory is a modified tooth (tusk) and is formed differently than bone. Bone was a living organ within the animal and filled with blood, marrow and fatty acids and oils. The processing of bone includes a "de-greasing" process which requires soaking in a solvent to remove all the grease. If not completely de-greased all the way through, the bone will continue to oooze oil to the surface, even years later. My guess is that the problem some folks are having is maybe the bone material was not completely de-greased. It would be something like rubbing a little vasoline on the 2 surfaces and then trying to stick them together with glue. That won’t work!
If you want to keep your bone shuttle I recommend you pick up a can of liquid Coleman Stove Fuel which is also called "white gas", put some in a mason jar and soak the bone shuttle parts in it for about a month, changing the solvent a couple of times. The white gas is flamable and should be kept in the garage or outside and away from any ignition sources. Once de-greased and dry you can rough up the glue points on the bone with sand paper and re-glue with CA glue.
A couple of years ago I bought a few bison leg bones from a Buffalo Ranch here in Oregon and started the process of cleaning and de-greasing the bone. What a job! What a mess! It seemed to take for ever changing the solvent time after time before I felt all the oils were all out of the bone. I still don’t use the bone for gluing post shuttles, I only use it to make the one piece side shuttles and Lady Hoare shuttles.
Ivory on the other hand is a different story. Fresh ivory may have some natural oils but I do not use fresh ivory. The ancient mammoth ivory I use has been in the ground or ice for over 10,000 years and any oils have long since been leached away and the CA glue works perfect on an ivory shuttle.
One time I did find that some ivory I bought had been polished in a tumbler using a walnut shell medium. While nut shells polished the ivory it left a oil film on the ivory that would not hold glue. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on and I that had to de-grease that lot of ivory if I was going to use any glue.
You have heard the saying that oil and water don’t mix...well nether does oil and CA glue! I just suspect that the imported bone shuttles are more production shuttles for the world market and in production modes sometimes quality control is lacking and short cuts taken.
Hope this helps answer some of those questions. I figured some other tatters might find this useful."
Sunday, October 05, 2008
This small crochet hook is buffalo bone (American Bison from the Cascade Buffalo Ranch here in Oregon). The finial is dyed Box Elder with a Cocobolo accent ring. This piece of Box Edler shows a mix of blues, greens and natural burl colors. The length is 5 1/2 inches and is a USA hook size E, 3.50 mm. It has been initialed by Dave, the maker. Please click any of the links above to view more photos of this beautiful hook.
I finally got Dave to make a couple of new cameo needle minders! I have one listed in our Etsy shop and will try to get the other one listed tomorrow.
Dave made this "Girl with Flowers" cameo needle minder from a gorgeous vintage inspired resin cameo. He then inlayed a rare earth magnet with clear resin on the back. The cameo was then set in a gold toned setting to give this needle minder a finished look. Dave inlayed another rare earth magnet into a beautiful piece of pau ferro that he turned on the lathe. Together, these beauties will "mind" your needle conveniently on your project!
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Three Bears Tatting Shuttle Set
A GRIZZLY MOUNTAIN SPECIAL!!!! Sometimes Daves creative moods tend to be more whimsical and with Christmas shopping just around the corner he thought of this special set of tatting shuttles that can only be a GMA exclusive.
Dave has hand crafted this bear family of tatting shuttles out of beautiful Cherry wood, with a Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear.
Papa Bear is a larger 4 ¼ inch shuttle styled after the large popular plastic Tatsy shuttle.
Mama Bear is the more common 2 5/8 inch standard shuttle, and Baby Bear is only 2 inches long for smaller projects.
To keep this family together during hibernation periods, Dave picked up an unfinished craft box and embellished it with his own pyrographic artwork. Baby bear (inside top lid) is only allowed to play in the immediate area of the den. He climbs a nearby birch tree to survey the area and keep an eye on what you are working on. On the top of the lid Dave burn etched the GMA Cascade Mountains scene where this bear family lives.
Please click on any of the links above to view more photos of this one-of-a-kind set!
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Dave really likes making these small fancy drop spindles. This one is Strata-Bond and Padauk wood accented with carved vegetable ivory (Tagua nut). Strata-Bond is created with layers of birch laminated together with resin under high pressure, making it very dense and moisture resistant. The upper part is joined Paduak wood. This spindle is finished off with vegetable ivory accents, with two carved roses and leaves on the whorl. It is initialed and dated by Dave, the maker. To view more photos of this spindle, please click on the link above.
Type: Bottom whorl
Whorl: 2 1/4 inches
Length: 9 1/2 (not including brass top hook).
Wt: 1.1 Oz
Materials: Laminated Birch and Padauk wood and Tagua nut (vegetable ivory).
Dave made this 2 ¼ inch post shuttle out of Purpleheart wood. It has been inlayed with a brass grape and leaf motif on one side. Please note that one end has a tiny gap, but the other is closed. This piece has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
This nalbinding needle has been hand carved from ancient ivory and has been hand polished to a high gloss. Each of our nalbinding needles has been initialed by Dave and comes in its own velour drawstring bag. This nalbinding needle has been photographed on a ruler so you can see the precise measurement, so be sure and click the link above to view the additional photos.