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Upcoming show: September 15-29, 2013
My exhibition is this Saturday at a
place called the Carriage Barn at Waveny Park - New Canaan,
Connecticut. opening reception is September 15, at 3pm until 5. The
exhibition will be open for viewing until the 29th of September. A good
friend of my fathers suggested I enter a piece into the exhibition and
they accepted my lion head.
We received this email from Jesse in
November of 2012, prompting us to put together an alligator tooth order
for his project:
am a college student at Muhlenberg College and I major in art. My medium
is clay sculpture and I am currently sculpting a large alligator head. I
was wondering if you could help me...the head measures about 24 inches
which in equivalence would be around a 15 footer if I did the math
correctly..is there any way you could help put together a set of teeth
that would accommodate a 15 foot alligator? i will pay any fair price
for it. there is breathing room as my teacher probably doesn't know the
exact measurements for the teeth. If you can help in any way please let
me know asap. thank you for your time."
Here is the follow-up: "I
received an A and was asked to join a continuation of the class in which
only two students at the university are selected. I was really happy.
Just thought I would pass along a couple
pictures of my finished sculpture. I ended up spending the money and
buying some teeth from you. Thank you very much for all your help and
getting back to me so quickly. Hope you enjoy my half alligator/half
completed Croc/gator head:
Completed Gator head in gallery:
In an email to us dated 3/13/13, Report from
Jesse " I'm currently working on a gorilla head and I
have a "fierce animal" theme that I will display at the end of
this year in an art showing and the gator head will be my main piece.
The gorilla head almost was ruined but 8 hours
of careful doctoring brought him back to life (I will also attach pic of
what it looked like right out of the kiln, almost had anxiety attack lol)
Finished Gorilla head in gallery
I finished the lion head piece last year
(2012), here it is in the process of being completed:
Finished lion head in gallery
Attached are the finished pieces, along with a few photos taken during the
exhibition which was held last Monday, May 1, 2013 (see
"finished" pieces above). My pieces are on display
until the 24th of May in the Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College. This
was my senior thesis exhibition. The clay had to be fired in a kiln, which
was a long process. We had to fluctuate the temperatures according to the
size and dimensions of my pieces on a day to day basis.
Each piece weighs around 200 pounds, however, the gorilla head weighed
After each piece was fired and cleaned, I primed them with black spray
paint, then painted over with a special copper paint, which had actual
copper in it. I used a Patina Spray after the second coat of copper.
Since the paint has real copper in it, the spray oxidizes, literally
before your eyes, and you begin to see a slight color change to green in
certain areas. This gave it that old aged, weathered copper look. I
was aiming for an archaic type feel, as if these sculptures had been
rediscovered from ancient times.
I had to hire movers to come take measurements of the sculptures and are
in the process of making custom crates to safely bring them all back home
to Connecticut. So far, my plan is to display them in one of the rooms in
my house, or display them in a local gallery, (still not sure what exactly
i want to do with them)
I plan on studying for the LSAT'S this summer then taking them early in
the fall and apply to law school accordingly. My future plans are to
become a lawyer, however, art will always be a BIG part of my life. I
envision having a studio where I can continue my work for a long time to
Thank you so much again Glenn, you did not have to go out of your way to
help me and encourage me with your kind words, I really appreciated that.
COOL CUSTOMER JONATHAN
happy customer, wearing the two gator tooth necklaces he purchased from us
Hello, Where on Earth:
Just wanted to show you how good the necklace looks on me :)... I know I
will be getting more! Thanks! (this is a 2-5/8" gator tooth on white
cow bone & black onyx bead necklace similar to #G159-401 on Gators
page 1, link below)
Here is a picture of me and the other necklace
I have. I call this necklace my Nubian piece. It's a wonderful
exotic-looking necklace on me:)
People here have been asking me all about both
my necklaces, they love them! I love to stand out from the crowd.
(This is a #G170-100, nine-gold capped gator tooth necklace with cow bone
beads, From Gators page 1)
You do, Jonathan. We love knowing we're
not just selling "Stuff", but a whole attitude. Thanks for
Heidi and Glenn, Where on
artist and friend
sent photos of several of the bronzes she has
for sale. For more information & photos, contact her directly
Information for the manatee sculpture: asking
$375 + $10 shipping
solid bronze sculpture of a manatee mother and calf signed by the
artist. The entire sculpture was created in wax, then cast in bronze
using the lost wax method, no mold was made of the original work, it is
truly the only one of its kind. This sculpture is approximately 5.5
inches high and weighs 16.5 pounds. The base is 12 x 10 x 1.25-inches.
The log is part of the base, both of which are textured to represent the
natural underwater environment of the manatee. Mother and calf are solid
bronze (not hollow-bodied) and are one piece, they are attached to the
base by a threaded bronze post. Warm brown patina, protected by
Renaissance Wax. Non-smoking home, all questions are welcome. Shipping
by UPS or FedEx.
for the nude sculpture: asking $325 +
standing female nude, cast in solid aluminum, this is literally the only
one of its kind. This sculpture was created in wax, then cast by the
lost-wax method. As can happen with this process, there are areas where
hot gasses created pockets that did not fill with aluminum. These areas
were later filled in by welding, but aluminum is a very difficult metal
to work with, so the flaws are still visible in the surrounding metal.
She's not perfect, but who among us is? The top of the column she leans
against also fell victim to the casting process, so a replacement was
cast in bronze, complete with a bowl and some bronze mini pine cones.
The bronze piece fits nicely into the open space, curving around the
hand of the model, but can be removed depending on your preference.
Weighs 13 pounds, stands 18 inches high, the base is 5.5 x 10 inches.
for the plane sculpture: asking $349 +
lost-wax bronze sculpture with moving propeller, all parts 1/25th scale,
signed by artist. The 1991 Husky A-1 airplane was created from wax and
wood, then submerged in plaster and burned in a kiln. The space
remaining in the plaster after the plane was burned away was filled with
molten bronze to create an original, truly unique sculpture. The
propeller was cast separately, to allow independent motion. Tailwheel
and landing gear are part of the frame and do not move. The wingspan is
17-inches, height 3.25-inches, length 11-inches, weight approximately
5.5 pounds. Warm brown patina protected by Renaissance Wax. The plane
sits on a beautiful dark green serpentine marble block, 9.5 x. 6.5 x 1.5
thick, approximately 9.5 pounds. Non-smoking home, all questions
welcomed, shipping by UPS or FedEx.
SHELLS AND SHARK JAWS
This puts a face on someone we know through
many emails. Hung is 71 years old now, and has spent his career
selling seashells, books on seashells, and shark jaws in Taiwan. He
is our friend.
a young collector in SOUTH AFRICA,
sent photos of his Fossil and Mineral
We're going to our game farm, which is on the border
of the Kruger National Park, soon. I think it
measures about one square kilometer. It is all mopane veld (shrubs
& trees in this area). We go about twice a
year. There is the whole big five (lion, leopard, rhino,
elephant and buffalo). We don't do very much hunting there, but I
did shoot an impala last time we went. The hyena skull (below) was
There are many other animals. There are many snakes like the
mamba, Mozambique spitting cobra and puff adder which are some of Africa's
most dangerous snakes. I am used to snakes and have a pet ball
python (Python regius), but pythons are not venomous and never go near
them. The snakes we have to be careful of are the Boomslang, bird
Here is a photo from last year of a lion eating
a buffalo, there were so many vultures that they would cover the buffalo
completely, they were even climbing over
each other! There are amazing birds there and the nature there is
Here (clockwise) is my Megalodon shark tooth, Modern Tiger shark tooth,
below that is Fossil Mackerel Shark (Lamna Obliqua); Fossil great white
shark tooth, tiny Coral Catshark jaw (Atelomycterus marmoratus)
from you, extinct mako (Isurus hastalis)
Nile crocodile skull and taxidermy head
Fossils include: Lobster ( Australia), Fish (Wyoming USA),
Trilobite & Ammonite (Morocco); minerals: Green Malachite (Africa);
Amethyst stalactite (Brazil); Desert Rose, etc.
GREAT WHITE SHARK TOOTH
Each Sailboat is hand carved to fit the
selected Great White Shark Tooth. With our Cad Cam we can now scan a
picture of a yacht/sailboat and have a acrylic pattern made which can
then be invested and cast in any type of gold or silver alloy.
714 420 5423
Anyone interested in having this or a
similar design with their shark tooth, contact John directly!
He explains: The only award I ever won was
Who's Who in High School Art from a Ft. Worth high school so I took the
hint and stuck with it more on than off. My health began to give me
trouble but my doctor is my biggest customer (he bought 14 paintings the
other day) so he keeps a good eye on my health. He's a collector who
buys from all over the world so I'm always shocked when he buys from me.
My current project is a 3 canvas set
30"X 40" canvases with a serious Robert De Niro on the left
lit from the right, a serious Al Pacino on the right lit from the left
with a wild man Jack Nicholson in the center lit from the center. The
photos were all taken within a few months of each other and the one of
Nicholson reminds me of "Here's Johnny!" if you've seen The
I wish I'd had a copy of my Jimmy Buffett
painting to show you as well as my gunfighter painting, they are two of
my all time favorites. I'll work on that. I discovered Buffett during
the 39 months I lived on Midway Island.
Here is a photo of Aaron and his best friend
loves to paint horses, very noble animals. The Native American
is a depiction of Crazy Horse.
This appears to be a simple painting of white
horses in snow, but if you look at the first brown spots on the first
horse, you'll see the shape of an eagle's head, and the rest of the brown
is the eagle in flight
a fan of crime, but this film was pivotal for Pacino and the U.S. film
Al Pacino as Scarface
is a fact that the most successful gunfighters and race car drivers have
blue or grey eyes. In a good photo, this fellow has very intense
blue eyes. I realized upon finishing this painting that I went to
high school with a buddy that could be the painting's twin brother.
pivotal film, Marlon Brando in The Godfather
always been a fan of the big cats. This is a Siberian Tiger
love butterflies. This is the O ld English Swallowtail.
young, thin Elvis Presley. Nuff said
believe many animals are affected by the moon. Including people and
one lady in particular I used to know.
like this make me more regretful than usual that I never had a child of my
also a fan of birds, exotic or not.
Sioux Indian warrior was bought and beautifully framed by my doctor.
Only then did he truly become a warrior.
This is one of Heidi's favorite paintings of
When John Lennon wanted to learn harmonica, Delbert
taught him. Texas Bluesman Delbert McClinton. Nice photo in lower
left corner. I took the photo in a North Tyler (TX) bar in the early
80's. Always was one of my favorite live music show photos. I
probably had 10,000 from years of going to shows. I saw Delbert at a later
show in Shreveport and asked for an autograph. He offered to buy every
photo I took that night, gave me his addrss in Nashville and of course I never
followed through. First photo I ever painted of a living
THE BAT LADY!
With a passion for All Things Batty, Vicky
regularly takes parts of her large bat collection to share with students.
Her business name is: A-Z ANIMALS. The bats
are used in education programs since they are education animals and not
pets (I love them but they don't love me). Below is more Chinese bat
A bat (fu)
is a visual pun for "good fortune" or happiness (fu)
because both characters are pronounced the same.
Vicky bought a Chinese bat pendant from us, and explained the
significance: The depiction of "five bats", a wufu, is
a traditional representation of what is known as the " Five
Blessings ", also known as the "Five Happinesses" or
"Five Good Fortunes". These five blessings refer to
longevity, wealth, health and composure, virtue, and the desire to die a
natural death in old age.
Advice from a
Bat: Trust in your senses, Spend Time Just Hanging around with
friends, Get a grip, Enjoy the Nightlife, Sometimes you've just gotta wing
it, and Guano Happens!
Juanita (Mexican free-tail) and Sparky (Southeastern myotis)
5/2/10 update from Vicky
Did I tell you I'm doing a day on fossils? Kay (see Fossils
page 13 for more about Kay) and I have fossil molds that the kids will
use to make their own chocolate snacks one day. I will also
set them up a mini dig----in the shoe box there will be dirt in
layers---in the top layer they will find some modern items like pop tops
off cans and shiny beads and pencils, in the next layer they will find
pottery shards and arrow heads and then finally in the bottom layer there
will be horn coral and shark teeth and some shells.
BANJO MAN went THAT WAY
Email friend Pat shared these photos of her
son who is in India. She has some "sponsored" children
there, and Scott goes there one year and Indonesia the next
We have some fun pictures of him playing music
in the projects and making the kids sing. They have no idea what they
are singing, but they sing anyway. That's a good rule for life. You
don't have to know a song to be able to sing!
Someone will ask "Have you seen
Scott?" Someone will say "The Banjo Man went that way!"
He says his talent is not polished enough for American indulgence, but
the folks in third world areas think he's great! I think it's
human to go where we are welcomed.
Every time he goes, he takes his 'traveling'
banjo and lets all the kids sign the head of it. They love the music and
they are shy to sign, thinking you don't write on personal property.
He tells them it's fine. He removes the head to save, dates
it, puts it in a safe place, and puts on a new one for the next
Pat shares: "I try not to think about the
"afraid" part because he really wants to go every year, and
looks forward to it. It's not like he is rich. He saves all year and
looks for bargains. This is the kid who hung on my leg the first day of
kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Now he mails us his itinerary,
just in case, and is on his way."
Scott registers with Compassion International,
even though he is traveling on his own. He is never in a car alone or
going anywhere alone. It's hard to be alone in India. Each day he has a
destination, and Compassion is aware of it, and helps him get into the
projects he wants to visit. I feel a bit more protected by that
My comment to Pat: "You
are a brave woman, with few choices other than to let him do what he loves
to do. I get that."
3/8/10 from Pat
Scott was trying to tell the kids in India
about snow. They asked him why he didn't bring some for them to see.
They don't seem to understand "melt." You and I addressed the
kindness of the Indian people. When Scott and the interpreter came to
the homes of his sponsored families, food was set out for them. They had
cooked a chicken over an outdoor flame, and served it for all, with
Scott having the biggest plate of food. The interpreter told Scott
that the family would be extremely lucky to have chicken once a year,
yet they chose to serve that to their honored guests. Scott is no one
famous. He's not a celebrity, yet they treat him as one to be honored.
It really humbles him.
Where our daughter lives here in the NE
United States, 100,000 homes have been without water since early
Saturday morning (record snowfall, March). Their area schools had to
close today. No one is bathing. She, along with her kids has gathered
snow in buckets so they can flush their toilets. So many people just
complain and take a free bottle of water, griping that it's worth only
67-cents. Meanwhile other families are proving that they have the ingenuity
to handle this gracefully, and the best they can. So many say they
are entitled to water and seem to think the pipe was broken by someone
who needs to be punished. It just happened. Our infrastructure is very
old. After the frosty weather, we had a quick warmup, and the pipes
broke. It seems to happen every year. We can do with so much less.
Pat's Sock Monkey Snow Angel, made after a
50 inch snowfall in Maryland. She comments: "I took all of my
sock monkeys out to play in it. Before I knew it, one of the monks
was making snow angels. Cute little rascal!"
|Tony's favorite is the
Ornate Wobbegong jaw in pristine condition. Also there's a large
Goblin shark jaw. I'm jealous!
||Great white shark teeth
and a great photo
||Huge collector megalodon
shark teeth, and an anatomy of a shark
||Full view of the room, a
LOT of identified jaws, shark ID poster, lots to see!
|Barracuda skeleton head
||Fossil great white shark
tooth collection, Peru
||Humboldt's Squid eye
||And to think, all he
wanted (at first) was a nice Megalodon tooth!
quality Goblin shark jaw with photos of goblin shark
claims this is a photo of Him - when he had the flu - funny man!
favorite poster of Tony's of Jacques Cousteau
kindly photoshopped a photo of Glenn and Heidi inside a mako and a great
white shark jaw for fun!
Tony explains why he is holding several 3
baby wolves (of 9 wolves in the litter) in this photo. "
They were raised with lots of love and they all
my time. I so hated to see them go. The zoo director was willing to let
me keep the little female but, the city said that she would have to be
in a pen and chained up...as much as I loved her I knew that I could
never make her live like that so, she was sent to a zoo in North
Carolina. I went on to raise lots of baby animals."
in a news article, he was an animal keeper at Zooland in Gulf Shores
Alabama, protected by a female, white-faced capuchin monkey from northern
photo of Poco, a white-fronted Capuchin monkey, being raised by
humans. Also, a Sumatran fishing cat at this zoo, a rare animal.
monkeys in the wild
Cool Customer - Ken Panse the Reptile Wrangler
- does fun, educational and interactive shows out of Georgia, fascinating
children with reptile encounters! He comments on 3/26/10: "We
educated kids at an elementary school today. They got to touch a dragon
and python too."
He commissioned this HUGE, SPECTACULAR
multiple gator tooth necklace from Glenn, who outdid himself as
usual. Ken's comment: "Absolutely
Incredible and fabulous craftsmanship, Glenn!"
RAY'S GREAT WHITE SHARK TOOTH & JAW COLLECTION
The second one, which is the one in the photos
here, Ray tells us: "I bought this jaw from Vic Hislop,
actual size is hard to get, around 19 foot.
Teeth sizes, still my biggest is 2
and 9/16 inch. The three top teeth are just under or exactly
The big jaw is 700mm wide and 690 deep (or 2'7" high x 2'5"
wide), it would be more if you
straightened out the curly bits.
Not sure how many this size are around, but I love it.
The grandchildren are Bianca and Tyler, both are avid
fishermen / women."
Glenn, Good to catch up,
I sent some close up shots of some of my bigger teeth to give you
a better idea.
I had looked at your site ages ago, it gives me an idea of what my
collection is worth.
I have been keeping all the evidence here to show my collection is before
the preservation date in Australia, so I could gain CITES certificate if
The story behind the big jaw: I actually bought two large jaws - the
one actually had a lot bigger teeth, I got it from a professional
fisherman from Tasmania, He said it was listed in Guinness book of records
but that isn't true, he is now sending me the press clipping for it.
was about 6metres, so when I get clarification i will know. I had to boil
that jaw as it just fell apart when I tried to scrape it back, it was also
full of silicone glue it was a mess. Photos of the 2nd jaw are above
I have collected shark gear all my life, I am now 55, I also caught seven
of these whites myself before they were protected.
I have resisted selling anything at this stage,
Anyhow always keen to share with others that are interested.
| Great white shark
|Great white shark jaws,
except for a large & small mako jaw, upper right
|Large & small mako
the 4 big teeth on the left, under the croc jaw, are all fiberglass
||Great white shark jaw
Comments & photos from a family that
ordered shark & gator items from us, we sent a bit more since we found
out what a Shark & Gator fan this little man is. We just call it
"paying it forward". We are the ones enriched. Heidi
and Glenn Reed
"Here are the pictures I promised from
Christmas Morning. Thank you again so much, and we hope your
holidays were great as well. Our Christmas would not have been what
it was without selfless acts of kindness from people like you. Happy
"Dear Heidi and Glenn,
You guys are so amazing! That was so thoughtful and caring of
you to do that for our son. He will LOVE the HUGE shark tooth
necklace and the GIANT alligator tooth necklace. He will probably
refuse to ever take them off! He is just starting to read by himself
and will LOVE the Zoo Books you sent. You guys are so great and took
such good care of us - I wish there was something I could do for you in
return for your genuine kindness. I guess you really meant what you
say about your customer service because I have NEVER gotten better service
from anyone in my life. You have a lifetime customer with me and my
family - and I bet my son will be saving every penny of his allowance to
buy more of the unique and special items you sell. Thank you!
If there is anything I can ever do for you please let me know."
With sincere gratitude,
ORB WEAVING SPIDER
Our neighbor Lisa (a professional wedding
Lisa comments: There where three of them
making the coolest webs outside while I was shooting the kids' pictures today!
Isn't that strange how the face looks like a mask? I really don't
like spiders but I was mesmerized by this one and could not believe the texture
and strength of the web!
By the way, she does terrific work! Here's a
link to her website so you can appreciate what I mean:
Cool Customer calling herself "Merchant
Marie" in NS, Canada shared her Vintage alligator purse (last count
12 purses) and alligator heads, shoes & 1 crocodile hide in her
collection with us, here's several views. Note the FULL gator on one
purse. Cats Charlie (white) and Max (tiger) are live inspectors of
each new addition.
I just got back from kayaking to the
ocean, where I took this photo. I just had to send it to you!
The shorebirds are sand-pipers,
called "willets", and the ducks out in the surf are
"eider ducks" you can just see their heads.
We had a few great egrets this spring,
they are fairly rare here. One green heron came and went, and then
two of these tri-colored herons showed up. They are also called Louisiana
We always have lots of those big great
blue herons every year. Sometimes we get cattle egrets and/ or snowy
egrets, but I haven't seen any yet this year. We used to have an American
bittern each summer, but we haven't seen him either.
sunrise (looking east, over the salty lake they live on, around 5:15 a.m.
mid June), a tri-colored heron in the marsh (rare to see in Nova Scotia),
and Marie in her kayak at sunrise. She
lives on a lake that drains into the ocean, this is the little stream
where you can get out to the ocean.
Photogenic cat named Van Gogh (one of seven cats she
owns), thanks to Marie's great eye for composition:
Photos of 1) German deer skulls she purchased (they
call them Roe buck, and resemble the Florida Keys deer). The Germans cut the
teeth and back or bottom of the skull off, 2) cow, oxen & bull
skulls on the wall (she also makes powder horns of some of the horns),
and 3) ram skulls she collects from hunters as trade for her
She also has about 100
coyote heads she has cleaned by burying for weeks or months, Virginia white
tailed deer, moose, also other fur trapper animals such as raccoons, mink,
weasel family, bobcats, foxes, beavers, muskrats, and I recently acquired two Billy
goat skulls. All she did was tell a few people who she knew were
hunters, or were from the country and had hunter/ trapper relatives, and
the stuff started coming and coming. Putting
all those skulls back together, cleaning them, replacing the teeth, made her a
better artist. All good artists study bones and skulls.
April 23, 2009
My daughter is an
aspiring paleontologist. She has a
life size T-Rex over
her bed. Isn't this what most teenage girls
want instead of a
picture of Robert Pattinson? All of her friends
here go "wow"
when they first see it.
cast is of a partial T-Rex Skull found by Harley Garbani
in Montana in 1966. The
picture is of a full size mock-up of a
T-Rex head at the
Oxford Museum of Natural History, in England.
has a fossil collection that many would be proud of.
Her mother & I are
encouraging her to stay true to her dream.
One day, we hope for
her to tell us of her amazing discovery,
that will set the world
of paleontology on its ear.
Sincerely, your new
March 6, 2009
Here is photo of my 1978
Jeep M151A2 with customized Security Notices. I'm working
on a matching trailer with UFO parts, and an alien body or two in it.
Floridas best Trucks
Note the "Groom Dry Lake Test
Facility" painted on the hood, "Security 17" and
A-51" on the back
"Wash under M151 of all Bio or Alien
Matter" under the hood
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE
John, a teacher & coach, bought so many
weird and beautiful things for his family's Christmas, they were
stunned. He said it was the best Christmas his son and his
Grandfather ever had.
Here John's son is opening two
"Treasure Chest" camel bone boxes with several dichroic glass
cabochons inside as "jewels"
A septarian slice (John's son calls the
"Cool Flat Thing", quartz crystal point (one of his favorites),
and two apache tears in a matrix that looks like an ALIEN'S FACE (made him
laugh and he shows it to his friends daily).
Something wrapped in a BABY DIAPER! What
could it be?
Well DINOSAUR POOP, of COURSE!
Thanks for letting us share in the Christmas
ORDER OF THE MOOSE
and A DEDICATED COACH/TEACHER
found that his Track Team responded well to
MOOSE POOP NECKLACES as PRIZES for jobs well done. They become
members of the Order of the Moose. The parents cheered them on with
just as much of a sense of humor.
Here are a few proud owners (names changed to
protect the youth). Coach Martin (center) with Seneca Indian
brothers Lee and Harry. Lee was named the most outstanding distance
runner in the championship meet. All three proudly wear their Poop!
Glenn made a one-of-a-kind GRAND POO-BAH Moose
Poop necklace for the coach, here is Glenn wearing it until Coach Martin
can send us a photo of himself:
had a terrific season and was rewarded with a medal and a moose poop
was the Most Improved Athlete and recipient of a LARGE poop
liked his medal but LOVES his poop
loves the shark tooth necklace
will cherish his poop forever. He also likes his medal.
shows off his plaque and poop
Lewis and John are proud award winners and members of the Order of the
and Kent are Rising Stars, and Moose Poop buddies
Pat and Duke (the team surfer dude) had a wonderful season
GUYS WEAR POOP!
another Cool Customer from the West coast,
loves creating unusual animal costumes with real animal parts scavenged
lovingly from deceased animals, roadkill (usually feathers), gifts from
friends, etc. By day a dog groomer to be near animals, rescues
strays regularly, but after hours, she might be ANYTHING!
describes: In the StalkingElk Headdress I am walking in Elk, mule deer,
horse, black bear, Canadian lynx, colobus monkey, and porcupine that I can
think of off the top of my head.
I completely and
wholeheartedly agree about utilizing EVERYTHING possible when an animal
loses its life...the bodies are a marvel to me and to be able to use the
parts to me just keeps them around longer. I hate it when I am traveling
with someone and I see a useable road kill. Internally I go nuts if i
can`t check it out to see what I can use.
Many people suggest to me
that I should use fake items....replicas in what I create, but to me, I
can`t get a feeling of the spirit of the animal I am working with. If one of
my clients/friends/lovers brings me a freshly skinned deer or elk...I flesh
it myself before taking it to the taxidermist...to get to know the animal
better. It becomes personal to me. When I add other animal parts to a
creation/Headdress, I can feel the spirits of each individual. When I wear
the Headdress/costume, the spirits of them all walk/fly with me/through
me....so I am literally "walking in my animals".
am gearing up for the next costume now....for a show in early April. That
is why I am pestering you so much. If I can pull this one off...it
will be a much more intense shock factor than my first creation as I
will be incorporating real human bones and possibly two skulls. One for
sure..... The human parts were legally obtained from Ebay and Skulls
Unlimited. It will be called, Kali Warrior.
I've had some
strange things happen in my life, but nothing like what I'm about to
The day before
Thanksgiving, we had a very unusual visitor show up at our doorstep. He
said his name is Martin. My wife fainted, so I caught her and just
looked at him and said, "Well, it's about time one of you guys
finally showed up to give me a visit!"
He told me he wanted to
make his visit around the holiday season to see how we celebrate here. I
didn't have a problem with that. After reviving my wife, we
all then sat around and discussed whatever came to mind. He's a
very casual guy and claimed this chair as his place of rest during
our 'getting to know each other' conversation.
It was starting to get
late in the evening, so with all the talk and dry mouths, he
offered to make a beer run. Yeah, he made the offer and went to the
store, but the little character didn't have any money, so guess who
ended up footing the bill. Go figure!
Anyway, the weather
was nice, so we went outside to continue our conversation
hours, I came to the conclusion he's a pretty cool dude, so I made an
offer for him to stay with us as long as he wants. He smiled and
Since it was getting
quite late, we all decided to hit the sack. He said that after his
long journey, he desperately needed to take care of a couple
things before he rested.
OK, first night, but
we're going to have to come to some kind of agreement on sleeping
arrangements, considering where he chose to sleep first night here. I'm
not too happy about crashing on the couch, but what the heck,
he's pretty harmless and is a guest, so one night I can handle. But
tomorrow night, HE's going to be sleeping on the couch!
All said and done, next
day, we all had rested quite well. Coming from an area where their sun
is green, he said he really enjoys our yellow sun. I had some work to
do, so Martin and my wife sat on the swing discussing........, heck, I
don't know. She still kept fainting.
Anyway, I think the
next thing that needs to be done is try and get him some clothing.
I'll probably have to buy that too till he gets a job. People
driving by keep yelling about that funny looking little naked guy,
or something like that.
Yup, life can throw
some strange things at you, and this is certainly is strange. But I
think there's fun to be had and lots to learn from each other.
Now, if my wife would
just stop fainting!
Submitted in fun by
December 8, 2008
Well, Martin hasn't
been here long. But, as he said, he wanted to see how we celebrate the
We live in Sunnyside
Washington, and it's become a little famous for a rural celebration it created
twenty years ago in 1988 for the first weekend of December. It
started as a farm implement parade with tractors, trailers, bailers,
combines and other such machinery decked out in Christmas lights
and decorations. Over the years, it's evolved into all other kinds
of other vehicles. Sunnyside's parade was also a feature
story on the Arts and Entertainment television network several years
ago. Many other cities heard about this and have since come up
with their own parades with similar themes.
Of course, Martin wanted
a front row seat, and he got one. Who could argue with the little
fellow. He's so cute in his small stature and innocent nakedness.
And the reaction from people in the parade seeing Martin sit there was
just totally priceless!
Of course, like may far
away visitors, Martin has become infatuated with one of earth's
pleasures, namely, Coca Cola. Seems I remember another visitor who
loved Reeses Pieces. Must be the sugar, or something.
Sigh!! I had to get an
8X10 photo of this printed for Martin and it's
now his favorite photo of all time. (they use holograms where he
came from) He's really intelligent, yet so easy to please with the
simple things. Speaking of which, my wife
Time will tell.
I have this photo, a recent shot from Oceanside Tall
Ships, it shows me Maori Fish Hook 'n me Alligator tooth around me neck,
from me belt 'n from me hat ye can see th' shark teeth; all from Tell Me
Where On Earth!! Sorry, could naught find one that shows me Fairy Stone
what hangs on th' cord just above th' shark tooth on me belt.
Thank ye much mates, I will be back for some more plunder...just as soon
as I can take another galleon 'er two!
Jeff Mad L
August 27, 2008 Jeff
ordered a fairy stone pendant, shark tooth, and gator tooth necklace from us, then gave us the following story
that adds to our fun:
I have been telling everyone about your site,
several have asked me about the Alligator tooth I wear around me neck when
pirate reenacting at festivals and just the other week the owner of
"No Quarter Given" magazine http://www.noquartergiven.net/
found himself impressed with me Maori hook and was even more impressed
when I explained it is real bone and he saw the detail work on it (I also
told him about the fossil mammoth ivory ones too). And on the shoot of a
pirate fan film, soon to be complete, "iPhone of the Caribbean"
the owner of Silhouettes Clothing Co. (Kate at http://topnotchcostumes.com/
) found herself eye'n me charms on me belt then when I told her me story
o' the Shark's tooth and Fairy Stone (one I am now having to replace) and
she too asked me "Tell Me Where On Earth Ye Got Those!" so I did
;p I love explain'n t' me mates that when it come t' me pirate'n outfit
thar be none fake about me, everythin' be real 'n everythin' be true t'
period, then they all whant t' know "Tell Me Where On Earth..."!
Thanks again! Hope some o' them blaggers stop by yer establishment and
spend some coin!
Fair Winds, Mad L
Now on Facebook and Etsy,
Artist Sandra won first place with her Beatles
paintings at the fest for Beatle fans that just ended (around August 9th,
"Magical Beatles" series,
CHOPIN for DAN
She says: "I painted this for my Husband, Dan, thus the title.
This was painted from a picture taken of Chopin the year he died in
|May 12, 2009 A set
of BEATLES EYES paintings in square stand-on-table form, NEAT! She
explains: "I painted a group of paintings called "Eye love
the Beatles". Each one is called, eye love John, eye love Paul, and
|May 22, 2009 This
is my latest work, I got the idea from a Salt Water Taffy box that was
brought back to me from Myrtle Beach, though changed it some.
painting called "Rosy Beatles"
9/14/09 Sandra says: "Here is my
latest, inspired by a friend from work, from a pic he took in Myrtle
Beach, South Carolina. Painting is called South Carolina Sunset.
"Autumn at Riverside",
adapted from a spring photo of Riverside,
Illinois to a fall scene (October 2009)
"Cherry Buttercream Clouds
(Heidi comments: I love the NAME as much as
the painting, Yummy!)
Sandra reports: "This is my first mixed
media work, and my 3rd time trying oil paint since 1978. This painting is
water soluble oil on acrylic. It will be for sale at the La Grange Art
League (Illinois) in February 2010.
I just thought this was a neat pic of my John Lennon painting with music,
since he is a music man, wherever he is, rest in peace. Sandra
Here is Sandra's latest work, mixed media, "Some Romantic Evening
Too". I also included a pic of the first acrylic painting I
did, "Some Romantic Evening".
Monster Man" that created the legendary captain character in "JAWS"
Ashley, based in Minnesota, but working for aviation security in Africa,
writes us the following on July 1, 2008:
my last visit to the US i met with the guy that was the unofficial
inspiration to Peter Benchley's story Jaws, Frank Mundus.
He is getting on a bit now
but i spent the day just chatting with him and listened to his life story
which i was fascinated with.
I am happy that the world
has taken a stand towards the protection of the Great White Shark amongst
other species and i am planning a cage dive with these magnificent
creatures one day.
I have attached a photo of
myself and Frank.
October 18, 2008
We just learned from
Ashton that Frank Mundus passed away in September at the age of 82. We
honor Frank Mundus and his eventful life. He will certainly be missed.
still has a letter with photos sent by Capt. Frank Mundus postmarked Long
Island, New York, October 18, 1991 in his personal records:
|2/15/10 Blue by
You, oil & acrylic painting
Boulder City, Nevada friend & artist Rainer had a reception at the
Boulder City Art Gallery in mid January of 2008, it will display there
till April. The show is called "Illuminations" and
explanations of how he creates his woodcuts and displays one to show
others how the process works.
His latest woodcut,
sent 7/17/08, a woodcut
DUSK, sent 7/6/08
Bertram's photography skills at their best, for the 4th of July Fireworks
in Boulder City, Nevada
sheep, grazing right in Boulder City limits, not an unusual
sight. We sure miss seeing this!
1/28/09 Rainer's newest woodcut, called
HEADHUNTERS - WOW!!
1/13/10 This is Rainer's
latest woodcut entitled
digitized and given color from it's original black & white print
state. Stunning imagery & color saturation.
NANCY AND THE HUMMINGBIRDS
Nancy took phenomenal photos of the
hummingbirds in her back yard (Boulder City, Nevada) Her comments:
"We're extremely fortunate to have such a prolific variety of
hummingbirds living in our yard. I took these photos
yesterday & my subjects couldn't have been more accomodating if I'd
posed them & paid them. I had a zoom lens poised within
inches & they were unconcerned, as I hope the photos show. This
is a small sampling of the 75 I kept & over 100 I took.
What beautiful, amazing little creatures they are, yet no bigger than my
thumb." The purple bearded hummingbird is a Costa's Hummingbird
TEETH, JAWS AND BABIES in the
customers Laura and Mark in the Netherlands have added many beautiful
sharks teeth to their collection that they purchased from our website (a
large bag of megalodon shark teeth frags and several collector Megalodon).
They dig for fossils in their area too. Here's Laura's comments:
is nice to know there are people as crazy as us. Mark is the real fanatic,
and I spot the best specimens. Among the small ones we found a 4 mm (o,16
inch) Galeorhinus levefrei. An even smaller Notorynchus primigenius we lost,
sadly. These teeth we found at the Belgian coast, some four weeks ago.
From weeks of rain,
we now see the first sunshine. So we went to search for teeth again. We did
not find very many, but it was fun doing again. We went to Mill, a sand
winning site, where they suck up sand from the bottom of an little lake. In
that sand we sometimes find Hastalises. Here you can see Mark in the
3/3/08 After they received their second
package of fossil teeth that Laura bought for Mark's birthday:
was overwhelming. I never saw this many special and awesome teeth at
once. I understood you added some teeth to the order Laura made.
Especially the bag with teeth from Aurora mine held a lot of waauw. This
bag is really what I like. To touch them all, and determinate the species
and all. All the colors!! Our teeth are mainly black. On my do before I
die list stands a visit to these mines. It has been on the list for some
time now. It just moved to the top of the list. We just have to wait a
while and be patient. You know why. If there are more teeth available from
Aurora, please let me know. I can spend all my allowance. I know, I'm a
junky. But maybe you understand....
the rare specimens (hemipristis, tiger, goblin, etc, etc.) are really
awesome. Laura took a picture. She also thought it was funny to give me a
bib, for my drool. I was that ecstatic.
micro teeth are beautiful as well. Maybe it will interest you that we have
some very little teeth as well. Is there something missing in your
collection? Maybe I can return the favor. I will add a picture to
give you an impression what the Belgian coast has to offer.
thank you very much.
that Mark & Laura sent from their collection, micro fossil teeth from
the Belgian coast, "knokke" teeth and ray plates and drum fish
teeth, and great Isurus Hastalis (Mako) teeth from Mill, Holland.
Thanks so much! Here's Glenn clowning at looking at the micro teeth (Mr. Cave
Bear is in the background of the 3rd photo):
Mark & Laura ordered shark jaws for Luuk,
here is his reaction upon opening the package, a few extras thrown in from
us as friends:
and response from Glenn:
We are very pleased that Luuk enjoyed his bonus
package. It's always fun for us to see a new collector getting started
with such a quest for the knowledge of something so strange to
them. You could see the interest on both their faces.
Laura, these are the end experiences
that make us want to share what we do with the world.
That is why we are so open with our lives with our customers. This is
one big happy family we have created with the 7 million plus people that
have experienced a visit to our site and who continue to come back
8, 2008 UPDATE!
Mark & Laura's baby has arrived, named
Dear Glenn and
The baby has
arrived!! One month early (September 3rd)
Quite a scare and a
little unexpected!! Man what a ride!!
His name is RUNAR.
It's a boy and his birth weight was 2975 gr.
He is still in
hospital because he's premature.
We will be in the
hospital a lot next week
Hopefully he comes
We are both very
tired as you can imagine.
Laura will give you
her story when she's feeling a bit better.
Mark, Laura, Luuk
7, 2008 Update -
is now nicknamed "Pumpkin" with his North Carolina T-shirt
our cloud I turning pink.
The rollercoaster is becoming a fun ride.
14th of September we finally brought him home.
took us two weeks to adjust a little to his sounds and cries.
(He sounds like a little Tasmanian devil, when he wakes up.)
when he falls a sleep.)
(And sometimes in between the two of the above.)
we are getting a little used to him, and like I said, the cloud is getting
pinker every day.
he is being bathed in a bucket, he is still so tiny.
10, 2008 Update! What a sweet face.
Christmas! 2008 Of course they added more fossil teeth to their
collection, as part of the gifts.
January 8, 2009. Wearing a Myrtle Beach, Great white shark T-shirt from
us, second photo he is holding a fossil hastalis mako shark tooth they dug from
The Mill in the Netherlands, getting their little one ready for his own shark
tooth hunts as soon as possible!
family is planning a trip here in August 2009, we will see how many fossil shark
teeth they can find!
January 22, 2009
things I would’ve liked to add to the site are just a mothers bragging.
He is the most beautiful baby of all the hemispheres!
Did you see his increased volume?!
He is growing so well!
Last Thursday we had our first swimming lesson.
And Runar can practically float on his baby fat! ;)
Before I was a (normal) teacher, I was a swim teacher.
Swimming with babies was one of my favorite lessons to do.
And now I’m on the other side.
the next time..
March 18, 2009 - A
clean baby. ;)
one of the proudest brothers in the world
The Shark shirt you sent is now getting small,
or Runar is getting big!
Runar and Daddy roughing it in a tent in the
Last bath in the bucket, I don't fit
anymore! But I'm wearing my new swim trunks.
From Mark, dated May 19,
Here are the pictures
It's the total haul of
three trips to Belgium.
And of course an action
photo of me.
I forgot the time and I
have been sieving for nine hours.
Laura made me drink water
and put in some food for fuel.
The day after hunting I
felt every muscle of my body and the rest of the week too!
But everything is alright
now, I can even tie my shoelaces again without moaning!
July 4, 2009 Runar is taking a bath in a real bathtub, in the
garden. It is hot here (by Dutch standards), almost 90 degrees F.
2010 Death of a Croissant
Runar did manage to eat the whole thing,
but Runar Style. A slow death to the croissant.
PEACOCK FEATHER AND SHELL
Glenn & Heidi ,
I just visited your
website and really liked the stuff. I also collect rare objects and
have some really rare objects.
You can also visit
my website at www.gems-astrology.com
Here is one of my
treasures, a peacock feather colored from both sides. It always carry
color on one side. So this is an extremely rare pattern.
This is a sinsitral
turbinella shell species. It is extremely rare. This one is old and was
embedded in pure silver.
NECKLACE AND GIFTS, CHRISTMAS
added some extras to a Christmas package sent last holiday, I didn't
receive Lori's first email after she got the package, so she has written
April 26, 2008: Heidi - I was so very
excited and Blessed that you both were so very generous with your gifts.
Your letter that was enclosed with the box was
very touching. There is a very special place in Heaven for both of
you for your generosity.
Carol is my very good friend, her daughter, who
was only 40 years old got very ill and tried as hard as she could just
couldn't make it. Leaving behind her only son, who was at that
time 12 years old, Andrew has had a very sad home life from what I could
see. He is a big guy for his age and an easy target for fellow
classmates. Carol petitioned the court for custody as his Dad
didn't come forward, which only added to his confusion. The way he
sees it, Mom didn't want to live, Dad doesn't want me and Granny
and Papaw are all he has left. Well other than me! But that
is just a whole other story!
He didn't have or use (I am not sure
which maybe a little of both) his manners and never required to be
responsible for anything. When his Mom first got sick and Andrew
came to stay with his Granny, he at that point had missed around 60 days
of school and that was in January. So needless to say since coming
to stay and then permanently live with Carol and Gene, life has become
more stable and alot of adjustments have had to be made on everyone's
Now this is where I come in, I am the type
of person who will do all that I can to help any child to know that they
are important and that they matter. I am very strict and demand
they be respectful and use their manners, and as long as they put forth
an effort I make sure that I am a constant positive influence in every
aspect of their life. I don't tolerate negativity well and try to
bring laughter and lessons and learning all together and for some reason
Andrew from the get go has taken a shine to me. So when he and I
were talking one day before Christmas I asked him what he wanted for
Christmas. His response broke my heart, he said that he
didn't want nothing and that he wouldn't get it anyway. WELLLLL
being me, I couldn't just let it go so I pushed onward. Talking
about how special the holidays are and what they mean and how when your
young life should be lighter and nobody should go through what he had so
we spoke of his Mom quite a bit and then he mentioned about a Dragon's
talon or a SHARK'S TOOTH.
SOOOO, I told my daughter, Dannielle that
whatever it took we were going to get a tooth if we had to go to fish
for a shark and yank a tooth ourselves, she wasn't looking forward to
that let me tell you! That's when we found your wonderful web site
and placed the call. Bummer no fishing for us! I made a big
dinner for all of us for Christmas but Andrew would not come over and
Carol didn't push him which was ok with me too. He just breaks my
heart. I sent him his plate of food and desserts and his gifts.
He called and mumbled thanks and that was it.
But when I saw him he started telling me
about being in school and the kids saying that his tooth wasn't real and
it was too big and HE set them straight! And told a buddy of his
that Lori wouldn't tell him it was a tooth if it wasn't. This was
the first time that I realized that maybe he is learning to trust a
little bit more. He wears the tooth alot and is not much on
showing his emotions but I know he didn't understand why anyone would do
these things for someone like him. Heck he doesn't like to be
touched but when we go out to eat he always sits next to me knowing that
I am always going to poke him with my finger or touch his shoulder or
elbow him and he tells me how much it hurts and that he hates being
touched. But if I don't start picking on him first then he is
getting quicker at starting with me!
Now for more recent info on all of us!
We are all doing well, Andrew is struggling with school and letting his
grades drop pretty bad. I don't scream and holler, not my style,
you want respect you have to set examples. So I just told him that
I am disappointed in him and that he can do better than F's and that I
do anything I can to help him. But he needs to help himself first
and that he can be anything he wants but he needs to pull those grades
up. And besides who flunks gym? Carol & Gene still work
with him which is difficult, but I just figure if I keep bringing humor
to the table things lighten up and gets a little better. They
never thought at their age they would be starting over. And Carol
is trying to sort out her feelings with the loss of her daughter.
And has said that she has never had a friend like me. Humm I
wonder is that is a Blessing or curse? Just kidding! Since
we have been friends I hope that I have helped them in realizing that
negativity is better when turned around to positivity and never never
forget the HUMOR in life.
Again, I do apreciate your kindness and your
May God Bless both of you and again from the
bottom of our hearts, Thank you from all of us.
The first picture is Andrew, Carol and Gene, on
vacation, their happy side:
and the second one is of Me and a friend of
whom I have had the pleasure and privilege to watch grow up into a
fine young man. And yes I am short I haven't reached 5 foot tall
We are so pleased to be part of your positive
friendship into Andrew's and his family's life. I hope he grows to
learn that people do care about him as you do - AND WE DO
TOO. God doesn't make junk, and crummy things happen to the nicest
people for no good reason at all. I also hope he learns how much
education and accepting love from friends & family will fill his
soul with what he needs, and that he enjoys learning more about sharks
too. You are indeed an angel in their lives. Thanks so much
for sharing, write anytime. Our hearts to yours,
Heidi and Glenn
JACKSON SHARK EGG CASINGS
Glenn sent numerous United States
fossils to Australian teacher Rob Carraro, in exchange for several Port
Jackson Shark egg casings (Sharks Page 8). Rob was pleased with the
fossils and responded as follows:
May 11, 2008
Hi, Glenn -
I've had a class of students identify, measure
and describe the teeth you sent, and got more than 90 minutes of solid
concentration - which was a big achievement for a Friday afternoon when
attention starts to wander. A testament to the interest that your
teeth created. Here are photos of one of the groups. Thanks
again for your generosity!
Regards, Rob Carraro
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