This acclaimed and accomplished jeweler is also an internationally famous, multi-award-winning flute maker, performer, and educator in Native American flute traditions!
Talent flows easily through different mediums when it is boundless, it seems.
This magnificent bolo reveals just how creative and masterful this artist’s talent is.
Beautifully designed, it is impeccably fabricated by hand, with some traditional, and some innovative, materials.
The subject is that icon of the Great Plains, the American buffalo, used for centuries by Plains tribes for shelter, meat, weapons, clothing, and most needs of everyday life.
A large, natural Persian turquoise, of mostly matrix, sits above a textured and polished, tufa cast silver base.
It is held within a highly polished bezel, chiseled into parallel lines at top and bottom.
Polished silver horns jut out realistically from either side of the “face” which is, appropriately, mostly dark brown with a variegated pattern resembling shaggy fur.
Brilliant blue areas of turquoise show through, here and there, in glorious contrast.
Bisecting the turquoise face, a bar of black ebony wood holds four, small, natural black diamonds, in polished gold bezels.
The tips are long silver tubes, chiseled at the bottom, with carefully formed feathers dangling at the ends.
A hand-fabricated, double circle clasp, of silver, holds the bolo on the hand-braided leather cord.
This outstanding bolo is refined in workmanship and design, with a powerful presence and remarkable, unexpected, natural materials.
It is unique in concept, materials, and execution; a future museum piece, and a current collector’s delight.