Reimagined Components: This real snapping turtle vertebra was cleaned and polished to be a sturdy and powerful focal point for this talisman of strength. It has 6 upcycled conical hangers and rings attached to a sliver of repurposed leather cord. It has been strung on 22" 4mm braided brass rope chain.
Location Found: Elkhorn WI, Algonquin IL
The snapping turtle reminds us of persistence, patience, and tenacity. Its shell is like a fortress formed from its own spine and its incredibly powerful and speedy bite can out-pursue any unsuspecting prey. But it knows its limitations. Speed will never be on its side yet it uses what it does have with a patient method of being. Slow and steady comes to mind. Nathan has a memory of his mother making prayer sticks and rattles from snapping turtle claws and paying honor to the animal for its ancient magic.
DISCLAIMER: Any and all animal specimens that we use in our designs are ethically sourced, either found in nature predeceased by natural causes or sourced from an ethical handler. WE NEVER HARM OR KILL ANIMALS FOR THE SAKE OF OUR ART. The purpose of including animal remains in our designs is to honor the animal's being and speak upon the lessons they teach us in life.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.