Eskimo Replicas

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Project by terryR posted 02-12-2012 03:56 PM 1858 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of buddies wanted to see my Eskimo Replica Spoons…I finally found them hidden in the shop…

Carved straight from ‘the book’ I attempted to replicate the original art work as closely as possible…hence the funny image on the first spoon…don’t know what it is? :-)

The first one is from cherry, other is from sassafras…I had no information on what types of wood the Eskimos had access to…images are wood burned then colored with black ink dye. Entire spoons were also dyed with brown ink to create old look…finish is simply wax.

I sell Native American related arts, but these spoons created no interest whatsoever on the vending table…so that’s why they were hidden in the shop. Sad. I feel like making more now, and I can promise they will be displayed proudly on the table this season!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 04:52 PM

They look great.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 05:07 PM

Certainly unique spoons ,very well done .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 05:11 PM

Finally found them, eh? I think they look great too. Sometimes it is hard to figure what other people take interest in and want to purchase. Last weekend I participated in my first art festival and I had this one spoon with a hole going through the bowl which I thought would never sell. I think it was the first to go.

The guy set up next to me said that he used to make something different than his current stuff. The first time he showed it he sold out and went home with $4k. He figured he had found his ‘calling’. He loaded up for the next show and took home only $200.

Never can tell…. the ones I think will sell, sit….... and the ones I think will sit, sell. If you enjoy making these, go for it. “Build it, they will come.”

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 05:15 PM

I think these have a good appeal. I know my eyes went right to them. Though I am a spoon guy too.

Great job on those, very well done. Good replication….........

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

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#5 posted 02-12-2012 05:49 PM

I wonder if same technique with your design or a modern look would get attention. I am not into Indian art much. Your technique is very good.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#6 posted 02-12-2012 06:43 PM

very neat spoons..i wonder if the image on the left is a stylized fish???

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#7 posted 02-12-2012 06:57 PM

I love them. They are some very neat spoons!

A suggestion: put a kokopelli on the next set. I don’t know if he was in Eskimo culture but he is all over the southwest and people love him on things!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 02-12-2012 11:24 PM

I like these spoons a lot! My guess is that the image on the spoon to the left is a whale.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 02:00 AM

very well done, the “right” buyer will come along, theres a bowl for every spoon.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 12:46 PM

terry, you know how it goes. people dont like the stuff we think will sell, they like the art we dont think much of….go figger! btw, how did i miss those?

-- cut that out!

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