Sunday, July 7, 2013

Chamorro Adze - DRAFT

New project. Chamorro Adze. I was fortunate enough to come across a piece of giant clam shell from which I have made the blade.

Next is the hardwood handle. Not much dark hardwood around this part of Colorado.

First a picture of what the finished product should look like.

Slings of the World - Atiu Island, Southern Cook Islands

I've been holding on to an illustration of a sling from the Cook Islands. The weave looked simple enough but it took the better part of the morning to figure it out. I used eleven cords for the pouch then five for the cords. The material is garden variety jute but I had to get the weave down first before attempting with palm.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Coral Slingstones

Last time I was home I picked up a handful of rocks at the beach. If you've never been to the beaches in Guam, most places don't really have rocks in as much as they have coral. Lots of coral. Slim pickings if you're looking for ready made slingstones. In contrast to several places in Colorado, I went out walking today and came back with about fifty good stones for slinging.

It has been a while since I have been able to do much crafting so today with some extra time on my hands over the Fourth of July weekend I decided to work with my beach stones. I grabbed a couple and set to shaping them to make slingstones.

I was surprised and pleased with the color in the first slingstone. The second stone wasn't as colorful but still turned out pretty good. I have a few more and hope the others turn out as well.