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Smudge Bowl - Elk Button/Diamond Willow

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Project by knottysticks posted 1609 days ago 3024 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This smudging bowl was made from a elk button with a diamond willow base . The carving is based on an Achomawi creation myth . See it here – http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/CreationandLongevity-Achomawi.html – Many ranchers here on the Canadian prairies have taken to raising elk . They are raised for meat but thier antler is harvested and shipped over seas. The remaining stump/knob [ 1-3 inchs high] is shed naturally, and known locally as a elk button. This knob at the base of a elk’s antler is called a cornet and normally convex, dome shaped. But this unusual elk button was concaved at it’s cornet. This makes the bowl , and two curving tines became coyote and eagle. Willow was chosen because of it’s use in local native spiritual traditions and medicine.

Materials ;
Bowl – Elk Antler
Wood base – Diamond Willow
Spacer – Leather
Finish – Danish Oil

Thank you for your interest.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.





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donjoe

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#1 posted 1608 days ago

Very interesting. Unique post.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 1608 days ago

superb
amazing project and wonderful background story.
Nice; nice; nice!!! ! !!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 1608 days ago

Very cool. Nice little piece.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Karson

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#4 posted 1606 days ago

Vweey nice. An interesting story behind the project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 1600 days ago

Very cool. I like how it was inspired.

-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com

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#6 posted 1020 days ago

Anyone know where I can get a couple of these “buttons”? Looked at eBay but don’t see any.

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#7 posted 1018 days ago

I picked them up from an Elk rancher, so if you seek out Elk ranchers’ local to your area I’m sure they will share these ‘Elk buttons’ [the cornet of the antler] with you or at least put you in touch with a rancher who has kept a few. I’m not aware that there is any market for Elk buttons, so you just have to find a rancher who harvests the Elk’s antler each year and sells it. This ‘Elk button’ is the stub left behind after the antler was removed and sold. The Elk then sheds this stud [button] naturally later on. Your other option is cut off the cornet [ this is the bottom of the antler against the head] from a full sized Elk ’shed’ antler , and you now have what we call locally a ‘Elk button’.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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sourdough

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#8 posted 1015 days ago

I wonder if there are any elk ranchers in Washington State. I’ll be checking this out plus I have folks living in the interior of BC so that may be another source for me.

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knottysticks

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#9 posted 1014 days ago

I’m sure you will have no problem tracking down a local rancher and finding someone who can help you. But the folks in BC will likely need a permit to sell a ’ non-shed ’ antler arcoss the border. Although maybe they can ’ carry ’ it across and gift it to you , it may be worth checking out. Or it may just be easier to cut-off the bottom of a full Elk shed as I believe it is ok to sell shed antler across the border. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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