He is well-known for his mastery of silver overlay technique, skill in design, and use of fine quality stones; this bolo is a handsome example of the artist’s award-winning work.
Two black onyx ovals, are set above an intricately overlaid, and textured silver design.
Placed with the larger oval over the smaller one, the stones reinforce the tapered form of the silver, shield-shaped bolo.
The glossy smooth surface of the stones contrast with the animation of the overlaid and hand stamped patterns in the silver.
The top and bottom of the silver is stamped with rain-like arcs and chiseled lines, both referring to rainfall.
Within the silver base, are angular storm cloud and water way signs.
Parallel lines, stamped and chiseled, symbolize rainfall, as well. Rain and water are blessings in the high desert of Navajo land.
The handmade tips are kept entirely simple, in handsome contrast, with a stylish touch in the angular cut at the bottom.
Everything, from bolo, to tips, to back piece, to leather cord, is handmade.
Created with a master’s hand, this bolo is a dramatic mix of dark and light, smooth and textured, oval and rectangular, that is equally at home at casual and formal occasions.