I make all the artwork you see. I find and cut most of my stones. I gather wood along the river, collect stabilize cut fossils. I began in 1970, and worked by hand without electricity in the wilderness for 20 years. Many of the hand tool skills helped me when I got a home with electric in Nenana. I learned on my own beginning with repairs of homestead tools. I learned what materials combine well. I have my own ways to fit stones into settings. My theme is always outdoor wildlife, rarely people or civilized subjects. Sometimes abstract for those who want 'modern.' Cutting edge innovation is used to mix media. All are one of a kind hand done no patters no repeated designs. I make many of my own beds by hand.
I do my own lost wax carving, usually carving the original and making my own molds. Metals are recycled. Bronze is from barge propellers that went up and down the Yukon River. Copper is 1920's village water pipes that get dug up.
necklace citrine owl
Nicely cut huge citrine centerpiece 2 x ¼ inches. 19 inch length. Custom cast pendant cap is bronze owl. Alaska jade beads with replica antique small blue chevrons. Custom clasp howling wolf and Indian head of cooper brass and opal in headdress. Very unique one of kind. Weighs 2.1 ounces
Necklace smokey quartz mother nature
Nicely cut smokey quartz centerpiece 1 ¾ x 1 ½ inches. 22 inches. Mother nature cast in local Alaska copper, has opal chip in her hand. Hematite beads. Green beads are Alaska jade. Long clear beads are natural rutilated quartz. Stone set in sterling, a unique setting that does not cover stone, lets light in and shows off stone. Custom clasp copper lizard and flower. Weighs 2.3 ounces.
Finished necklace fossil ivory opal
40,000 year old Alaska fossil mammoth tooth slice centerpiece. 23 inch overall. .9 ounces. Custom sliver setting opal on side, brass flower on top. Hematite and rose quartz beads. 2 red antique 1800’s white heart beads. Custom clasp of copper silver brass is rabbit and woman’s face (mother nature.)
Custom necklace copper lady black shell
Centerpeice is custom cast copper lady with glass enamel color baked on. Two earthtone agate beads, black natural pearl strand 22 inches. Custom cast cast of dragonfly and flowers.
necklace custom shark tooth and claws
Fossil shark tooth 2 inches with custom cast copper fish cap. Two replica owl claws. Blue trade beds, 22 inches. Abalone shell beads. Custom clasp of leaf and Alaska seal (shark food). One of a kind celebrating nature.
Custom necklace Mother nature
Centerpiece is custom cast resin with opal (an experiment I like the results of) Custom hand made glass bead. Hematite stone black beads, 1800 whitehearts (red) and rose quartz beads. Bronze and copper hand cast dragonfly clasp.
Fairy on mammoth ivory
All custom. Copper cast fairy with silver plate, and glass enamel baked on. Opal in her hand. She sits on a 40,000 year old piece of Alaska mammoth ivory. Old wood beads look like fossil ivory. Old padre and Russian trade beads. Custom clasp in dragon fly with opal and 'mother nature' face loop.
Fairy on agate
All custom. Cast fairy in copper with sliver plated flesh, glass enamel baked on, opal in her hand. Hand cut Nowitna river Alaska agate she sits on. Natural rutilated quartz beads with red Russian trade beads 21 inch length. Custom clasp flower loop, leaf hook.
Necklace-Lady enamel pearl
All custom. copper cast face- hair , silver plated face. Glass enamel colors. Natural free form fresh water pearl. Black pearl beads with clear glass and old padre beads. 29 inch length. Custom clasp of face loop and leaf hook.
Necklace copper fairy hematite
Custom made, local enameled copper. Opal in her hand. Beads are mostly Alaska hematite, with accent blue lapis, and red 1800 trade beads. Custom clasp mother nature and feather with opal in leaf. 26 inches. Strung on good braided wire.