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From hand-sewn moccasins and salvaged metal jewelry to sculpted pewter decanters, WA&A editors select their favorite objets d’art

Written by WA&A Staff  
December 2012 | January 2013

Bowie Knife and Sheath by Chuck Barrows

Wild Rose Trading Company creates hand-crafted leather goods and frontier trappings using designs and methods from the 1740s through the 1920s. Owner Chuck Burrows has worked leather and designed knives for 50 years, and each piece is historically correct and of museum-replica quality. The Bowie Knife and Sheath represent work from the late 1840s and early 1850s. The sheath is made of rawhide decorated with brass tacks, brain-tanned fringe, coyote claws, buf- falo hair and blue and white beads for a one-of-a-kind art piece that’s enriched by history.

$900 | Blade measures 8.5 inches | 970.317.5592 | www.wrtcleather.com 


Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct by Adam Duncan Harris 

The work of wildlife artist Robert Kuhn [1920– 2007] is described as having the ability to take viewers into the “very midst of nature’s secret places, almost into the minds of the animals themselves.” The book Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, edited by Adam Duncan Harris, curator at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, presents a sampling of his rare sketches alongside the paintings for which he became well known. Observe Kuhn’s artistic process and learn about his life and American art from a series of essays included in the book. Through this insight, we gain a deeper appreciation for the beautiful images created over his lifetime. 

$29.95 paperback | $49.95 hardcover | 352 pages | 800.627.7377 | www.oupress.com 


Walnut Lamp by Dan Rieple

Walnut lends warmth to this finely crafted over-arched table lamp, while its Tiffany-style stained glass shade adds variegated color and elegance. Accented with patina bronze rods and set on a three point base, this piece would work equally well in the study or for bedside reading. Inspired equally by Mondrian, Mackintosh, Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau, Colorado-based artist Dan Rieple has been working with wood since age 14 and has the awards to show for it. But his fine craftmanship and original designs speak for themselves.

$425 | 18 x 22 x 10 inches | 303.663.6955 | www.fine-ideas.com 

 


You Got MoJo Jewelry by Pyper Hugos

Pyper Hugos is intrigued by time- worn objects and always has been. As a kid, she remembers rummaging through junk yards to find forgotten gems and admiring items found in her aunt’s antiques store. She continues this treasure hunt today, looking for metal scraps that retain their original color to turn into reclaimed vintage jewelry. The Aida Ring is made from metal salvaged from an orange steel drum and is finished with a robin’s-egg blue accent from a ’55 Ford Fairlane, while the Margie Cuff wassalvaged from a ’79 Ford Bronco.

Aida Ring | $65 | 7/8 x 3/4 x 3/4 inches

Margie Cuff | $150 | 3 x 2 x 2 inches | 406.570.3972 | www.yougotmojo.com 


Short Branch Ranch Liquor Decanters by Craig Bergsgaard

In his new collection of Western-themed bar accessories, sculptor Craig Bergsgaard takes us back to when the West was ruled by wily characters. His Short Branch Ranch Liquor Decanters are cast in high-quality pewter and come complete with personality. There’s “Asa,” the no-nonsense boss who runs the ranch with stern discipline thanks to “Barzell,” the ranch enforcer. There’s also the strong-and-silent ranch hand, “Noble,” and ol’ “El Ojo Uno,” a smooth operator with “one eye” for the ladies and a knack for losing at cards. Liven up your waterin’ hole with the full cast of characters. 

$215 each or $780 for the set | 24-oz. decanter | 720.312.4498 | www.craigbergsgaard.com 

 


Bent Willow Chair by Lazy CF Ranch 

Lazy CF Ranch creates aluminum outdoor furniture that mimics nature and is made to be durable and comfortable. The Bent Willow Chair was fashioned from supple willow trees from the Rocky Mountains and hand-cast in aluminum to create a realistic likeness that can endure seasonal changes. Each chair is also chased and finished by hand to match the color and surfaces of a willow tree for a lasting, natural look for your porch or patio.

$3,500 | 29 x 28 x 36 inches | 214.244.4062 | www.lazycfranch.com 


The Chain Ring by Erica Courtney

Erica Courtney’s career as a jewelry designer began as a one-woman operation out of her Dallas apartment in 1989 and has since grown into an internationally renowned busi- ness, earning her a spot on the top 10 jewelry designers in the world list by United Brands in 2011. Ultimately inspired by the glamour and history of Hollywood, her current collections — made with fine gold, platinum and exotic gemstones — have attract- ed collectors such as Madonna and Johnny Depp. The 18-karat yellow gold Chain Ring features a stunning green tourmaline gem surrounded by yellow sapphires and diamonds indi- vidually handpicked by the artist for a strong statement of romantic and edgy femininity.

$44,000 | 18.87 ct. green tourmaline, 1.04 ct. yellow sapphire and 1 ct. diamonds | 323.938.2373 | www.ericacourtney.com 


MiMoks by Keri DeWitt

Keri DeWitt began making moccasins for her son when he was born, and her business, MiMoks, grew from that beginning. Easy to put on and available in three colors — natural, blue and soft pink — the hand-sewn moccasins can also be beaded. They have soft soles made from bison leather and deer suede uppers. Using a natural tanning process and chemical-free dye, these little leathers are safe for teething babies and the environment.  

$65 | Newborn through toddler, and custom sizes | www.windrivertrading.com/MiMoks 


The Mt. Princeton Hunt Club Bar Stool by Philip Smith 

Philip Smith established Steel Strike Leather Products, Inc. in 1989 with a vision of creating furniture that glorifies the American West. His skillfully crafted pieces are designed in a style he calls “Cattle Baron,” a blend of cowboy, Native American, European and lodge aesthetics. We love the Mt. Princeton Hunt Club Bar Stool for its masterful craftsmanship and unique plaid backing. It reminds us of the proud and elegant Western lifestyle he seeks to represent.

$1,680 | 23.5 x 27 x 49.5 inches | 719.395.8802 | www.steelstrike.com 


Vicomte Chandelier by Jonathon Browning 

Jonathan Browning’s lighting line was developed out of necessity. With an extensive background in architecture and overseeing an interior design firm since 1991, he found it difficult to find quality lighting fixtures for his design projects. Now, the San Francisco-based interior designer designs and manufactures extraordinary lighting pieces such as the Vicomte Chandelier, cast from solid bronze. With frosted glass and available in five different finishes, the chandelier hangs in perfect balance between the industrial and classic aesthetic. 

Starting at $15,000 | 50 inches high; 24 – 48 inches in diameter | 415.401.9999 | www.jonathanbrowninginc.com 


Literary Pursuits by Jim Covert

It’s no wonder that the judges at this past September’s Cody High Style show awarded the much-decorated furniture maker Jim Covert Best of Show for his entry Literary Pursuits. While the show was filled with beautifully designed and meticulously crafted furniture, Covert’s entry went a step further in creating an entire ensemble inspired by the love of reading. In addition to the desk, the artist built a lamp, bookstand, bookends and chair and prevailed on his wife, beadworker Lynda Covert, to not only create beadwork for the chair but to craft a beaded eyeglass case to complete the effect. Covert explained, “I didn’t just want to build a desk. I wanted to create a feeling.” In this he was successful: One artisan, upon viewing the piece, exclaimed, “I would love to own the room where that desk lives!” We love Covert’s reverence for tradition combined with his humorous nod to technology, exemplified by the inclusion of an e-reader, tucked away in the desk drawer.

$21,400 | 21 1⁄2 x 46 x 30 inches | 307.527.5964 | lyndabcovert@gmail.com