Some craftsmanship seen at Winter Count 2014. Moving a little closer to a hand-made life, one skill at a time.
Hand made pottery made by artisans who collect the raw clays, slips, and paints make for greatly loved cookware and cups. Wood turned on a foot-powered lathe from cleared alder trees make for intimate dinnerware.
Many cultures are represented at the gatherings but in the Southwest, the black-on-white ceramics dominate the fancy wares.
Packbaskets are found worldwide but only in small sectors of the western population. This one is particularly beautiful.
Even a simple bowl can be a satisfying accomplishment when it holds it’s first meal.
A lot of time and labor goes into dressing a fresh deer hide but the payoff is immense. Buckskin clothing will last for many many years.
Skilled artisans and craftsmen can make the best customers as they know and understand the care and effort that goes into a handcrafted project.
The talent doesn’t end with the crafting of artifacts. People who “Make” have skills that reach far beyond the world of modern consumption. The primitive technology crowd brims over with artists and musicians of many types and genres.
More making, less taking.