Recently I was called upon to make
some bone tools like those used on the frontier in the late 18th
Century along The Wilderness Road and The Cumberland Gap.
show the tools I made out deer bones. I added some of my
feelings to these bone tools about what it was like to live in
southwestern Virginia at that time. And, I added my concepts of
art in natural bones, taking advantage of their shapes and
cavities to transform them into tools as been done for tens of
thousands of years.
Top left is a needle case and
needle made from the canon bone of a deer. Lower left is an awl
made from the end of a canon bone. In the center is a fishing
kit with a bone fishhook and a line winder made from a piece of
rived red oak. Upper right is an awl made from a deer ulna.
Lower right is a corn shucking peg fashioned from a deer ulna.
This is a bone thread or string winder made
from a deer humerus.
This photo shows the bone thread winder