I love bringing home souvenirs from places I visit or vacation at. Besides the usual Tshirt and magnet, I brought home some cool stuff from Alaska that I'd like to share in today's Show & Tell.
These are bark carvings hand made by the owners of the cabin we rented for the week. Here's what is written on the tag: This mask has been carved by hand from the bark of the Black Cottonwood tree, which occurs in the lowlands of Alaska's southcentral and southern coastal forests. The bark comes from trees that have been dead for 5 to 6 years. It is then possible to remove bark that is up to 6 inches thick.
The mask on the left is about 4 inches long (without the hair) and the hair comes from beaver and mountain goat. The one on the right is smaller, about an inch (without hair), and is made as an ornament. This one is trimmed with beaver and reindeer.
This is also an ornament which I purchased in one of the local shops displaying Alaskan art. The only description on this one is: Original designs inspired by the art and legends of Alaska's Native cultures. It has the artist's name along with her address and email, so I know it was made in Alaska and not someplace like Ch*na.
I liked it and bought it because it reminded me of a sun. And you know I'm all about the sunshine =)
And the last of my, rather ours, souvenirs wasn't anything I, or we, could put in our suitcases - unless we wanted to deal with a horrific odor. So, we had it shipped home. Yep... it's fish. More specifically, the halibut that Don and Jake caught on their fishing expedition. Anyone want to come on over for a halibut dinner? We have seventeen pounds of it.
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