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Here are some things that I have made recently. Enjoy the pics, and let me know if you're interested in any of my work.....
Local Guam hardwood (hayun ifit ifil wood), and bone. Hand twisted pandanus leaf twining. Owned by Jake Marsh, Kansas, USA.
Asian water buffalo horn, bone, and spondylus seashell (Ancient Guam shell money) inlay. Tribal designs on the black buffalo horn. Hand twisted pandanus leaf twining. Owned by Mike Sprinkle, Texas, USA.
Local Guam hardwood (hayun ifit ifil wood), and Micronesian ivory nut (beige material). Hand twisted pandanus leaf twining. On Guam in an art gallery.
Local Guam hardwood (hayun ifit ifil wood), Micronesian ivory nut (beige material) and ivory nut inlay on ifil wood.. Hand twisted pandanus leaf twining. Owned by Colin Fain.
Local Guam hardwood (hayun ifit ifil wood), Micronesian ivory nut inlay (beige material), Asian water buffalo horn, and spondylus seashell (Ancient Guam shell money) inlay. Tribal designs on the black buffalo horn. Owned by Richard Cruz, New Mexico, USA.
Local Guam hardwood (hayun ifit ifil wood), bone, and spondylus seashell (Ancient Guam shell money) inlay. Tribal designs on the bone. Hand twisted pandanus leaf twining. Currently my personal hook, with me, usually around my neck, in Marysville, California, USA.
Mother of pearl (alileng) drop pendant. Owned by Amy Marsh, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Local Guam hardwood (hayun ifit ifil wood) center pendant in the shape of the Guam Seal (slingstone), bone hook, and spondylus seashell (Ancient Guam shell money) inlay on the pendant. This is an actual piece of spondylus I found on the beach (closer to the boonies area) in this natural beaded shape. Approximately one yard of hand twisted pandanus leaf twining used to wrap the hook, two strand twining for the wrapping, and four strand twining for the loop. Tribal designs on the front of the slingstone, with the Great Seal of Guam on the back, carved upside down to signify our struggle to make right that which was wronged to us, and that Guam is clear on other side of the world from Mr. Dasinger. Owned by James Dasinger of Miami, Florida, USA..
This was a fun piece to make, using various types of Chamorro money beads, and tradional designs, I made an anklet with the following pieces. Center pendant is contemporarily called "sinahi" which means "new moon" in Chamorro. It is made from the hima or giant clam shell (Tridacna gigas) and is VERY difficult to carve, darn thing keeps flaking... Next are shhhh.. black coral beads.. Nahh maybe they are, maybe they aren't... Working our way outwards from the center pendant are cone shell beads. The smaller speckled ones are called flea bite cone shells (Conus pulicarius) , the second set of cones shell beads are called hebrew cones (Conus ebraeus) and are a type of shell money. The tops were cut off the rest of the shell and ground down to a disc like cap shell, then they were sanded smooth on the bottom half. Next are three orange pieces of shell which were used as shell money. They were created from the spondylus shell (Spondylus regius) and represent wealth. The third orange piece is carved in the shape of an acho' atupat or slingstone shape. Hope you like this one.. Owned by ME! Around my ankle, whereever I am..
This is a pair of slippers I made a few weeks ago (today is 14MAY04), woven out of pandanus leaves and was attached to a pair of foam rubber slippers.. I wove the top and attached it to the slipper, then re-attached the strap/thong portion to the slipper, then wove around that. It was actually a project I started about a year ago for someone, and just now got around to finishing it.. Many appologies Julie! Owned by: Julie Denormandie, Yuba City, California, USA.
This is a red coral drop pendant (used as a type of money on Guam in ancient times, usually made into beads) with spondylus money bead inlay (Spondylus regius) and silver wire finding. Owned by: Elizabeth Turdevich, Las Angeles, California, USA.
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