Saturday, August 29, 2009

Needle Vise Pattern Pricker

Dave has crafted this needle vise pattern pricker from beautiful dyed and stabilized Box Elder Burl. It is approximately 2 ¾ inches long and is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tibetan Mala Bead Scissor Fob

Jo has made this 5 1/4" long scissor fob from an assortment of rich, organic looking beads. The largest bead is from a Tibetan Buddhist prayer mala. This mala bead is made from Yak bone which has been dyed a deep red and inlayed with turquoise and coral chips. It is surrounded by an assortment of other carved bone beads. The three dangles are made from tiny African clay beads, turquoise tubes and garnets. The remainder of the fob is strung with carved bone, turquoise and garnets. An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Dave and I just found a wonderful site that we thought you might like: Weavolution, A Gathering Place for Handweavers This site has tons of information about technique, items for sale and you can also upload photos to display your current projects.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Poplar and Rosewood French Spool Knitter

Dave has handcrafted this four brass pin spool knitter out of Poplar and dark Rosewood. He has burn etched the rose design on both sides. This spool knitter is 3 3/4 inches long and the companion 5 1/2 inch needle/loop lifter is made from the same materials. An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hand Carved Bone Tatting Shuttle

Dave hand carved this 2 5/8 inch flat shuttle from Buffalo Bone. It has four carved rosettes (2 on each side) and is polished to a glass finish. This tatting shuttle has been initialed and dated by Dave. Additional photos can be viewed at the Ebay auction.

Bacote Wooden Double Ended Crochet Hook Sizes J/K

Dave has hand crafted this double ended hook out of exotic and warmed toned Bacote wood. It has the popular yarn size hooks J(6.00mm) and K (6.50 mm) and is approximately 7 1/2 inches long. Additional photos of this hook can be found at the Ebay auction.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Cameo Needle Minders

We have just added six new cameo needle minders to our "Fiber Art Tool" section of our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop. All of the new needle minders are featured in the slideshow above.

ShopIndieOnline Feature

It's always a wonderful surprise to find one of your items featured on a blog! Dave's starfish pine needle plate was selected by the ShopIndieOnline blog. supports independent artists/businesses of all mediums, so be sure and stop by and check them out :)

If you'd like to view more photos of Dave's beautiful starfish, please click
here to visit the listing on

Wednesday, August 12, 2009's New Flickr Slideshow

I've been using for some time now to edit photos for our Grizzly Mountain Arts items, and I've also used Flickr as an online portfolio of our work. Recently, has created a wonderful new utility that makes slideshows from your Flickr sets! It's all integrated--you click on Flickr from within Picnik, then select the set you would like to make a slideshow presentation from, then Picnik generates the html for you.

The slideshow above is from our Flickr "Tatting Shuttle" set. If you would like to view more of our Grizzly Mountain Arts Flickr portfolio, please click here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Work in Progress

I finally managed to sneak a picture of Dave's studio makeover! This is a portion that is complete, and the only part I was "allowed" to photograph! LOL All of the walls and work surfaces have been painted white to reflect light. When you have "over 4o" eyes (as in age wise, not like fly eyes), bright light is a necessity! Since Dave needed to take a creative break, the rest of the studio was off limits to photograph for now :)

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Beautiful Purple Swirl Acrylic Tatting Shuttle

Dave handcrafted this gorgeous tatting shuttle from purple swirl acrylic stock. With the swirling thread design it, looks like it is already busy tatting without you! This tatting shuttle is 2 ½ inches in length, and has been initialed by Dave.

If you would like to view an additional photo of this tatting shuttle, click here to view the Ebay auction listing.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Ruby Red and Black Swirl Acrylic Tatting Shuttle

This little tatting shuttle is as beautiful as Dorothy Gale's slippers!

Dave has hand crafted this ruby red and black swirl tatting shuttle from acrylic stock. It is 2 ½ inch overall length and is initialed and dated by Dave. An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction.

Masur Birch Bobbin Tatting Shuttle

This rare and highly decorative wood comes from Finland. Birch trees may be attacked by beetles and produce pitch flecks in the cambium layer. These dark markings can produce unusual grain patterns standing out in contrast against the lighter colored background of the wood.
This shuttle is 2 ½ inches in overall length, with a #14 steel crochet/picot hook inset in the nose. Dave has also inlayed a dot of Truestone turquoise in the butt. Truestone is fine powdered turquoise that has been cast with resin making a composite material that can be turned on a lathe or hand worked. The bobbin is a common Class 66 plastic singer bobbin. More bobbins can be purchased at Walmart or any of the many sewing stores. The tension/drag on the bobbin can be adjusted by the brass screw post axle. This beautiful tatting shuttle has been finished with a handrubbed satin bees wax finish.

More photos of this tatting shuttle may be seen at the current Ebay auction.

Buckeye Burl Spool Knitter

Dave has handcrafted this four brass pin spool knitter using Buckeye Burl. He has also burn etched the autumn leaf design around it. This spool knitter is 3 1/2 inches long. The companion 4 1/2 inch needle/loop lifter is made from buffalo bone.

If you would like to view more photos of this spool knitter, please visit the Ebay auction.