Starting from a drifted log, the circle of wood was cut away from the rest. Careful sanding and polishing brought out the lustrous colorings. Grinding helped shape the middle of the pendant. The pendant has been finished with a satin sheen polycrylic varnish.
The band is made from genuine leather. It is fastened with a double fisherman’s slip not so that it fits over the head and can be tightened to length. It has been girth hitched to the pendant so the pendant can be rotated to desired orientation.
The juniper for my crafts starts in the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming and southern Montana. The harsh semi-arid environment causes these trees to grow slowly and irregularly. They become twisted and gnarled from withstanding strong winds and brutal winters. After the tree dies (generally they are hundreds of years old), it remains in place for decades until storms slowly erode the soil causing the tree to uproot. It passes through the valleys, down streams, and eventually ends up drifting around the lakes in the area. As the water levels subside, the drifted juniper wood is left on the banks. I scour the banks to find the perfect pieces that can be crafted into function pieces of art. Each piece is custom made spending a lot of time sanding to remove the silvery patina and remnants of bark. Careful grinding and shaping make each piece fit just right and make sure that all the wood is as smooth as possible.