Friday, November 28, 2014

Sustainability in Art: Beavers Return to Our Favorite Creek

"Earth Spirit Vessel" by Steve Tieken
Our truly unique planet is home to an array of fauna and flora. It is our responsibility to assure their right to exist.

Return of the Beavers

Beavers are critical to a vibrant and healthy eco-system. The dams they engineer are architectural wonders creating habitat for a variety of aquatic creatures along with providing reliable water sources for the numerous birds and animals that depend on it.

During the late fall and early winter months they store underwater caches of food known as larders, such as this one.

Willow trees supply sticks and timbers for building and repairing dams and the pulpy bark is a major food source. Here you can see one of their willow harvesting sites. While this may appear to be destructive, it stimulates new growth in the spring.

The beaver's chisel-like teeth are extremely hard and leave unmistakable gouge marks on wood.

I call the discarded, chewed or gnawed twigs, beaver sticks, 
and consider them little pieces of art, often incorporating them into my own works.

Here are a couple of examples:
"Deer Altar" Incorporating large beaver sticks

"Earth Spirit Vessel" with beaver sticks from our Sustainable Stones Gourd Fetish Bowl Collection.
-Steve Tieken

If you're interested in learning more about the life of beavers, you can view the

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sustainability in Art.

"Big Chunky" by Steve Tieken

With over 150 hours of grinding, polishing and drilling, "Big Chunky" is my homage to the ancient Meso-American stone bead makers and the flamboyant ceremonial jewelry they created. Each stone was hand collected from places near and dear to my heart.

"Air & Sky Spirit Vessel" by Steve Tieken

Long before the discovery and use of pottery, gourds were fashioned by ancient man into a variety of utilitarian and ceremonial objects such as cups, bowls and dippers. I approached our new devotional gourd fetish bowl collection with total sustainability in mind. Please visit our shop page Sustainable Stones to view the complete collection and for a list and description of all materials used in the construction.

-Steve Tieken

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