Friday, December 30, 2011

Fossil Ivory Nalbinding Needles


We have just listed four new medieval Norse fossil ivory nalbinding needles to our Etsy shop.  Dave has created these needles in a variety of sizes.  Additional photos can be seen here.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Andean/Peruvian Style Bottom Whorl Drop Spindles



Dave has been busy over the Christmas holiday!  The twelve Andean style reproduction bottom whorl spindles were listed in our Etsy shop today.  The woods used are paduak, colorwood, holly, walnut, cherry, maple and birch.  Be sure to visit our Etsy shop to check them out!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Medieval Norse Fossil Mammoth Ivory Nalbinding Rug Needle


New in our Etsy shop today!  Dave has carved this 5 1/4" long nalbinding rug needle from fossil mammoth ivory.  Please click here for more information about this beautiful fiber art tool.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Medieval Norse Fossil Mammoth Ivory Nalbinding Needles



Dave has carved these nalbinding needles from fossil mammoth ivory. At the suggestion of some of our wonderful customers who are active participants in the SCA, Dave has tried to create an authentic looking replica of a Medieval tool.  The sizes of these beautiful needles are 3 3/8 inch, 2 7/8 inch and 2 1/4 inch.  These lovely tools can be found in our Etsy shop.

Ash Phang Support Spindle with Turquoise Inlay


Dave has crafted this 10 1/2 inch long Phang supported spindle from ash. Turquoise inlay adorns this beautiful handspinning tool. The weight of this spindle is 1.1 ounce (32 grams).  An additional photo can be seen in our Etsy shop.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ambrosia Maple and Ceramic Lap Support Spinning Bowls


Dave has crafted these beautiful lap support spinning bowls from ambrosia maple. The ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the ambrosia maple base is approximately 2 3/4 inches in diameter and 6 1/4 inches in length. Cork dots on the bottom keep the wood from scratching your chair.  Please visit our Etsy shop to view additional photos of these handspinning tools.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Druid's Egg Tagua Nut and Brazilian Cherry Bead Whorl Support Spindle with Matching Support Bowl


This matching set of handspinning tools includes a vegan ivory tagua nut Druid's egg support spindle, and a ceramic and Brazilian cherry spinning bowl. Please note that the tagua nut Druid's Egg cannot be turned while mounted on the shaft, therefore each spindle may have a slight wobble.

The tagua nut, also known as vegetable ivory, was beautifully carved by Dave to represent a Druid's Egg. He has crafted the 10 inch long shaft from Brazilian cherry. The weight of this supported bead whorl spindle is 1.1 ounces (30g).

Our originally designed support spinning bowl combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous Brazilian cherry base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.


The Druid's Egg Tagua Nut and Brazilian Cherry Bead Whorl Support Spindle with Matching Support Bowl


This matching set of handspinning tools includes a vegan ivory tagua nut Druid's egg support spindle, and a ceramic and Brazilian cherry spinning bowl. Please note that the tagua nut Druid's Egg cannot be turned while mounted on the shaft, therefore each spindle may have a slight wobble.

The tagua nut, also known as vegetable ivory, was beautifully carved by Dave to represent a Druid's Egg. He has crafted the 10 inch long shaft from Brazilian cherry. The weight of this supported bead whorl spindle is 1.0 ounces (29g).

Our originally designed support spinning bowl combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous Brazilian cherry base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

Please visit our Etsy shop to see additional photos of these handspinning tools.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Carved Moose Antler and Brazilian Cherry Tibetan Support Spindle with Matching Support Spinning Bowl



This exquisite 1.2 ounce (34grams) moose antler Tibetan support spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature leaf motif. The whorl measures 1 3/8 inches in diameter, and the cocobolo shaft is 10 1/4 inches in length.

Our originally designed support spinning bowl combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous Brazilian cherry wooden base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.  Additional photos can be found in our Etsy shop.

**Moose antlers are naturally shed each year, so no moose were harmed to create this spindle.**

Carved Moose Antler and Brazilian Cherry Tibetan Support Spindle with Matching Support Spinning Bowl



This exquisite 1.2 ounce (34grams) moose antler Tibetan support spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature leaf motif. The whorl measures 1 3/8 inches in diameter, and the cocobolo shaft is 10 1/4 inches in length.

Our originally designed support spinning bowl combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous Brazilian cherry wooden base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.

**Moose antlers are naturally shed each year, so no moose were harmed to create this spindle.**

1.1 oz. Carved Moose Antler and Cocobolo Mini Rim Weighted Top Whorl Drop Spindle



This unique 1.1 ounce moose antler rim weighted top whorl drop spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature leaf motif. The notched whorl measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and the cocobolo shaft is 7 1/4 inches in length. The bottom of the shaft has been shaped to accommodate a half hitch and a brass hook has been added to the top.  Please visit our Etsy shop to view an additional photo of this beautiful spindle.

**Moose antlers are naturally shed each year, so no moose were harmed to create this spindle.**

1.1 oz. Carved Moose Antler and Ebony Mini Rim Weighted Top Whorl Drop Spindle



This unique 1.1 ounce moose antler rim weighted top whorl drop spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature leaf motif. The notched whorl measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and the ebony shaft is 7 1/4 inches in length. The bottom of the shaft has been shaped to accommodate a half hitch and a brass hook has been added to the top.  Please visit our Etsy shop to view an additional photo of this beautiful spindle.

**Moose antlers are naturally shed each year, so no moose were harmed to create this spindle.**

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Druid's Egg Spindle and Bowl


Brazilian cherry was the wood chosen for this beautiful "Druid's Egg" bead whorl support spindle and matching bowl set crafted by Dave.  The tagua nut used for the bead whorl has been intricately carved with a spiral pattern.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.

5 Wood and Bone Crochet Hook Set with Stand



If you are a serious collector of handmade fiber art tools, then this gorgeous crochet hook set and stand is for you!

Dave has crafted the elegant crochet hook stand, which measures 7 inches in height with a 2 inch diameter base, from birdseye maple. The hooks, which are crafted from wood and bone, range in length from 5 1/2 inches to 5 3/4 inches. The sizes and woods used are:

**Size D, 3.25mm Bone and Maple Burl

**Size E, 3.50mm Bone and Paduak

**Size F, 3.75mm Bone and Cocobolo

**Size G, 4.00mm Bone and Ebony

**Size G+, 4.25mm Bone and Honduras Rosewood

Additional photos of this beautiful set can be found in our Etsy shop.


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Ceramic Trinket Dishes


It's been a long time since we added a new item to our portfolio, so we are very excited to show our newest pieces.  Our sweet little trinket dishes are perfect for so many things!  Rings, pins, votive candles or even as small prep dishes.  We created each dish by hand from earthenware clay, and glazed each dish with lead free glaze.  These little beauties measure a little over 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and about 1/2 inch in depth.  Each dish has been signed, and will be shipped in a gift box.  Be sure and stop by our Etsy shop to view more photos of these adorable little bowls.


Monday, December 05, 2011

Spindles and Bowls


We have added several new spindles and support spinning bowls to our Etsy shop this evening.  Andean style bottom whorl drop spindles and two Tibetan support spindles with matching bowls as seen in the photo above can be found here.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Celtic Druid's Egg Clay Pendant


This Celtic Druid's Egg earthenware clay pendant is an original design. The pendant, which has been glazed a pale purple, hangs from an 18" necklace beaded with deep garnet colored Preciosa Czech glass beads and beige Swarovski pearls. The clasp is a gold plated barrel clasp.  A gift box is included with your order.  Additional photos can be found in our Etsy shop.

The Celtic Druid's Egg Clay Pendant


This Celtic Druid's Egg earthenware clay pendant is an original design. The pendant, which has been glazed a sage green, hangs from an 16" necklace beaded with unakite and carved wood beads. The clasp is a gold plated barrel clasp.  A gift box is included with your order.  Additional photos can be found in our Etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Spindles-Andean/Peruvian Style and Top Whorl Drop Spindles

Here are a few of the newest spindles in our Etsy shop.  Two are Andean style bottom whorl drop spindles, and the other is a mini top whorl drop spindle.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Handspinning Tools


We have added new handspinning tools to our Etsy shop this evening.  Lap support spinning bowls, mini top whorl drop spindles, Andean/Peruvian style bottom whorl drop spindles and a regular size top whorl spindle were listed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1.3 Ounce Swiss Pear and Bloodwood Tibetan Support Spindle



This beautiful support spindle weights 1.3 ounces (37 grams). The bloodwood shaft measures about 11 1/2 inches in length, and the whorl which is crafted from Swiss pear, measures about 1 3/4 inches in diameter.

Padauk and White Ash Tibetan Support Spindle and Bowl Set



This beautiful Tibetan support spindle weights 1.2 ounces (35 grams). The white ash shaft measures about 11 3/4 inches in length and the whorl, which is crafted from padauk, measures about 2 inches in diameter.

Accompanying this spindle, is one of our originally designed support spinning bowls that combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic insert measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous padauk base is 3 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

We are making the ceramic inserts for our support spinning bowls in a variety of glazes, and no two pieces ever come out of the kiln the same. Your padauk and ceramic support spinning bowl will be one of a kind.

This Tibetan support spindle and matching bowl set can currently be found in our Etsy shop.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Andean/Peruvian Style Drop Spindles

Four new Andean style drop spindles were listed in our Etsy shop this evening.  Andean spindles are suspended drop spindles with no frills...no hook, no notches and no grooves. They were developed to spin long-staple alpaca and other camelid fibers native to the Andes. Spinning is done off the side using a half hitch.


Dave has made these spindles in the same affordable and basic fashion as the original Andean spindles with one exception--he mounts the spindle whorl blank on the shaft, and then turn and shape the whorl and shaft together to achieve a well balanced spindle. Dave's reading and research on Andean spindles indicates that the whorls are shaped first, and then fitted on a hand shaped (sometimes not too straight) shaft. He assumes that one benefit of this is that once a shaft is worn out the whorl can be removed and fitted to a new shaft, but he just cannot bring himself to make a spindle that wobbles, so these whorls are permanently fixed and balanced.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Three Graces Ceramic Cameo Adjustable Rings

We have just added the "Three Graces" ceramic cameo rings above to our Etsy shop.  We have been collecting vintage and antique cameos for some time and have made some stunning molds from them to use in our "Good Dirt Jewelry" earthenware clay jewelry collection.

White earthenware clay and various glazes were used to create these beautiful "Three Graces" ceramic cameo rings. The ceramic cameos have been set into gorgeous adjustable gold plated rings.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Vintage Inspired Resin Cameo Needle Minders

They're back!  After a long absence, we have just listed new vintage inspired resin cameo needle minders to the "Fiber Art Tools" section of our Etsy shop.


These 1 1/2" long cameo needle minders were made from gorgeous vintage inspired resin cameos. Dave has inlayed a rare earth magnet with clear resin on the back, and also inlayed another rare earth magnet into white faux ivory resin that he turned on the lathe. Together, these beauties will "mind" your needle conveniently on your project! Separated, each cameo needle minder would also make a beautiful refrigerator 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.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It's been a while, but they're back!  Six new "Druid's Egg" pendants have been listed in out Etsy shop.  Be sure and check out our "Celtic Jewelry" section to see the new colors.  These pendants are an original design of ours, and at $19 each (with free shipping to the U.S. and Canada) they make a very affordable and unique gift.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

These five fossil ivory nalbinding needles were recently added to our Etsy.com shop.  Four of them were crafted by Dave from fossil mammoth ivory, and the fifth from fossil walrus ivory.  At the suggestion of some of our wonderful customers who are active participants in the SCA, Dave has tried to create an authentic looking replica of a Medieval tool.

Friday, June 17, 2011

0.8 Ounce Wormy Maple Top Whorl Drop Spindle

Dave has crafted the 2 7/8 inch diameter notched whorl of this top whorl drop spindle from wormy maple, and the 9 inch shaft from walnut. A brass hook has been added to the top.  The weight of this beautiful handspinning tool is 0.8 ounces.  Additional photos can be viewed in our Etsy shop.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ambrosia Maple Support Spinning Bowls

Our originally designed support spinning bowls combine the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic insert measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous twice turned ambrosia maple base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

**What is twice turned wood?**

Some of the woods that Dave uses, such as this ambrosia maple, can only be found green or "wet".  Green or "wet" wood has to be dried before it is used, otherwise the finished project would warp, crack or check.  Since Dave doesn't have a wood kiln to dry these woods, he cuts the wood to size and turns it once to get the desired shape.  He then sets it aside for months to allow the moisture to escape.  Once he has determined that all of the moisture is gone, he then turns the piece again which results in the finished project.




Wednesday, June 08, 2011

1.0 oz. Bubinga Tibetan Support Spindle with Matching Bowl

This beautiful little Tibetan support spindle weights 1.0 ounces (28 grams). The hickory shaft measures about 11 inches in length and the whorl, which is crafted from bubinga, measures about 2 inches in diameter.

Accompanying this spindle, is one of our originally designed support spinning bowls that combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic insert measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous bubinga base is 3 inches in diameter. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

We are making the ceramic inserts for our support spinning bowls in a variety of glazes, and no two pieces ever come out of the kiln the same. Your bubinga and ceramic support spinning bowl will be one of a kind.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

New Carved Moose Antler Spindles

Four new moose antler spindles carved by Dave, were listed in our Etsy shop today.  One is a beautiful bottom whorl drop spindle, and the other three are rim weighted top whorl drop spindles.  Each of these feature Dave's signature leaf motif carved into the moose antler whorls.  The woods used on these spindles are from left to right:



New Top Whorl Drop Spindles

We have added five new top whorl drop spindles to our Etsy shop today.  The woods use by Dave to craft these beautiful spindles are from left to right:



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Tibetan Support Spindles with Matching Bowls

Three new Tibetan style support spindles were added to our Etsy shop today.  Each spindle comes with a matching spinning bowl.  The woods pictured above are canarywood, bubinga and goncalo alves.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Getting Out of Show Business

SOLD!

It's been eight years since we started doing the art/craft show circuit and it's time for Grizzly Mountain Arts to retire from the show business.  We're still in business, just doing it all online these days.  You can find us here if you'd like to see what we're up to these days.

Since we've decided to hop off of the show circuit, we are selling our complete booth set up via Craigslist.  The following is for sale for $300 (cash only, please):



*10x10 fire resistant heavy weight, steel framed Caravan brand canopy with four walls
*Four 2x4 folding tables
*Four custom fitted no-iron maroon tablecloths
*Four canopy weights
*All shelving seen in the photos

The banner, jewelry, jewelry displays and baskets are not for sale.









If you happen to live in the Central Oregon area and are interested, please send us an email!

Friday, May 06, 2011

New Andean/Peruvian Style Bottom Whorl Drop Spindles

These are Dave's newest Andean style bottom whorl drop spindles. The woods used are from left to right:

*Cedar and Mahogany
*Oak and Redheart
*Walnut and Hickory
*Poplar and Cherry
*Paduak and Hickory

Be sure add "Like" Grizzly Mountain Arts on Facebook to get the latest updates on our new fiber art tools BEFORE they are listed in our Etsy shop!



Monday, May 02, 2011

Andean/Peruvian Style Reproduction Bottom Whorl Drop Spindles

These new spindles are reproductions of an Andean style spindle. Andean spindles are suspended drop spindles with no frills...no hook, no notches and no grooves. They were developed to spin long-staple alpaca and other camelid fibers native to the Andes. Spinning is done off the side using a half hitch.

I have made these spindles in the same affordable and basic fashion as the original Andean spindles with one exception--I mount the spindle whorl blank on the shaft, and then turn and shape the whorl and shaft together to achieve a well balanced spindle. My reading and research on Andean spindles indicate that the whorls are shaped first and then fitted on a hand shaped (sometimes not too straight) shaft. I assume that one benefit of this is that once a shaft is worn out the whorl can be removed and fitted to a new shaft, but I just cannot bring myself to make a spindle that wobbles so these whorls are permanently fixed and balanced.



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Carved Moose Antler and Cocobolo Rim Weighted Top Whorl Drop Spindle

This unique 1.1 ounce (30gram) moose antler rim weighted top whorl drop spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature leaf motif. The notched whorl measures 1 5/8 inches in diameter, and the cocobolo shaft is 7 1/4 inches in length. The bottom of the shaft has been shaped to accommodate a half hitch and a brass hook has been added to the top.  Please click here to view additional photos of this beautiful handspinning tool.



Carved Moose Antler and Purpleheart Bottom Whorl Drop Spindle

This unique 1.4 ounce (41grams) moose antler bottom whorl drop spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature rose and leaf motif. The whorl measures 1 7/8 inches in diameter, and the purpleheart shaft is 9 1/2 inches in length. A brass hook has been added to the top, and a steel bumper to the bottom.  Please visit our Etsy shop to view more photos of this beautiful handspinning tool.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pacific Yew and Hickory Tibetan Support Spindle

This beautiful Tibetan support spindle weights 1.2 ounces (35 grams). The hickory shaft measures 11 1/2 inches in length, and the whorl, which is crafted from Pacific yew, measures about 1 3/4 inches in diameter.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.

Dave checks all of his spindles for balance. Occasionally he finds a spindle whorl that has two different densities (and weights) of wood which can occur naturally, and cause the spindle to wobble. He carefully drills and insets just the right amount of brass rod as a counterbalance to evenly distribute the weight. He has decorated the resulting brass dot as a sun symbol, paying homage to the Navajo people who are famous for their fiber spinning and weaving skills.


Myrtlewood and Hickory Tibetan Support Spindle

This beautiful Tibetan support spindle weights 1.1 ounces (30 grams). The hickory shaft measures 10 1/2 inches in length, and the whorl, which measures about 1 1/4 inches in diameter, is crafted from myrtlewood.  Click here to see additional photos of this tool.