Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Good Trade

At this years Rendezvous, this Mountain man managed to swap a few beaver pelts for a pretty nice blanket.  It will no doubt come in handy on cold winter nights high in the Rockies.

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.


  1. When I think it is impossible for you to do better than before, here you go proving me wrong. Truly amazing work. Ginny

  2. I had never heard of blanket strips before, but sure had noticed the one in this carving. Outstanding as usual, you continue to elevate the art of carving with each piece, bravo.

  3. A another great carving Lynn , love the colouring and great detail and I do agree with your comments on base material , it can make such a difference to the look of the finished piece! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. Trev