Our windbells, windchimes, and home decor items have the time-honored craftsmanship of our ancestors which shows in the small irregularities and beauty of hand-crafted products and hand applied patina finishes, a small testament that these items are not stamped out on an assembly line.
FRONTIER WIND BELLS - Mission Bell History
These Modern Southwest-inspired rustic wind bells are for anyone who enjoys Western American history and Southwestern Style Art.
Early missions at their founding were to have two bells, one presumably for devotions and the other for the day's routine, but all missions in time had as many as eight. The later bells were obtained in trade by way of American ships from Lima, Mexico, Boston, and Russian sources. Due to lack of funds, most small villages had to make their own bells. In the 19th century, several bell casters traveled around New Mexico making them on the spot.
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The Folklore of the Blueberry Gnomes...
These creations are part of our whimsical whacky and adorable metal creature collection named Blueberry Gnomes.
Despite it being rarely seen, a Blueberry Gnome can be heard moving around, as they are said to be clumsy creatures and incapable of complete stealth. Because of this, they will make themselves known with the tricks they play such as removing bedsheets or putting firecrackers in the microwave oven (or maybe your underwear).
Each design is unique and individually handcrafted in Virginia applying time-honored American Craftsman Techniques.
KOKOPELLI WINE RACK...
Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of fascination for centuries. Kokopelli is representative of Native American southwest culture, and examples of his image date back over 3,000 years when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing creature is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.
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From Concept to Creation… Marc Staples handcrafts his innovative sculpture and art metal fountains using both modern and traditional metal fabrication techniques. His work includes contemporary creations of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, bronze, and mixed-media sculpture, that are characterized by clean flowing lines, elegant forms and timeless design.