Engraving / Carving
Carved bison horn spoons and engraved shell gorgets are both a part of Choctaw traditional culture. I've held 200-year old Choctaw bison horn spoons in my hands. They were fairly plain. Accounts from even earlier say that Tribes now living in Mississippi once made highly elaborate bison horn spoons, carved in the shapes of different animals. This gallery contains by interpretations of both.
The shell gorgets shown here are done in specific styles that come from the Choctaw homeland. Some of these shells are extremely hard. The designs are created by making engravings in the shell and then colorizing them with paint made from charcoal and hide glue. I do all of my gorget work without power tools.
Use the right arrow on the image below to peruse some of my work in traditional gorgets and spoons. Double click if you're browsing on a cell phone.