Wednesday, June 11, 2014
A Good Trade
I think Beaded Blanket strips are one of the most colorful items associated with Native American crafts. I an only imagine how much time is spent making one of these and how proud one would be to wear one.
With the base this piece stands over 12" tall. The base is walnut. One thing about bases......when making a base a lot of us make the mistake of picking a soft wood like pine when we should have reached for a nice piece of oak, walnut or even better, cherry. I realize that these are much more expensive than a pine board you can pick up down at the home center. Unfortuately, that pine board reacts to stain in such a way that the finished article appears blotchy and unprofessional. My advice is to go ahead and fork over the extra money and purchase a nice piece of hardwood. Your carvings and hard work deserve it.
A few more photos in the gallery and I look forward to your comments.