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 Post subject: Cheyenne style "medicine" bag
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:40 am 
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This is a special piece for a very special young lady who is my best friend's (buckskinner, knifemaker and blacksmith Jerry Rodri) oldest daughter - I was asked (by her Mom) to make a "medicine" bag for her 20th birthday. The bag is meant for keeping an assortment of very personal keepsakes/heirlooms given to her by family and friends at the same time (called "medicine" in the parlance of the Plains Indians and mountain men) and so I came up with this piece which is based on an original Cheyenne pipe bag, but I decided to add to it some things I've been wanting to do and kind of took it over the top, but it was worth it..

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The leather is braintan and the beadwork is 1840-50's style Cheyenne using 8/0 pound beads. Once constructed it was given an aged look The bag proper is about 14" x 7".
I'm often asked how long such a piece takes and normally I don't add up the hours, but on this one I did - total actual construction and aging time (not including breaks ) was 130 hours...but none of that mattered when I got to see the smile on that young lady's face when it was presented to her... (I got a big hug too )


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 Post subject: Re: Cheyenne style "medicine" bag
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:20 pm 
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Beautiful work! I'll bet she had great big smile!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Cheyenne style "medicine" bag
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:45 pm 
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Beautiful work Chuck! You out did yourself this time.

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Cheyenne style "medicine" bag
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:32 pm 
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That rates a SUPER W O W Chuck !


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