Metal Works

 

Click here to see the metal works bison sculpture. “Demise” or “Savior”

Rhonda Welding

 

 

Bison Fire Pit Wagon – $350.00Metal Art Buffalo Fire Wagon

One of my latest creations, being offered for sale.
It’s probably close to 80% re-purposed materials.
The pit comes off the wagon.
Each wheel is removable with a key pin.
The front axle also can be removed.
Handle hooks in the tongue and is built also to be used as a fire poker.
Front axle pivots for easy maneuvering.
The short tongue can be lifted and easily pinned out of the way.
A plasma cutter was used to cut out holes to mount the buffalo figures.

 

Fire with Screen On

Poker used to pullMetal Buffalo Fire Pit Wagon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bison Wagon Wheel Rocker 2020

Bison Rocker hit by sun Bison Wagon Wheel Rocker left Bison Wagon Wheel Rocker rightBison Wagon Wheel Rocker front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rustic rocker is made from a 44 inch 16 spoke old steel wagon wheel.   I cut off all the spokes, cleaned the rocker channel and welded a flat strip down the center, and replaced the spokes. Additional spokes were cut out to use as the framing for the circle bison under the seat. The wood is repurposed hardwood, stained in black to set off the copper finish. The arms were heated and bent to the shape of bison horns. 

 

 

Wagon Wheel Dog Bed – the bed is 27 X 35 and 14″ high, painted dark chocolate. I just made the purple dog mattress to show off the dog bed. If you want it included, just know I am not a seamstress by any means. It’s just a cover that is faux purple suede and is closed at one end with velcro, so the foam can be taken out. This cover is made roughly 29″ X 39″, for a 2-3 inch memory foam insert. $245.00 (with or without the purple cover)

Primered Dog Bed
Primered Dog Bed

 

The front and back are decked out with Buffalo Nickels, half are
with the buffalo showing and half are with the Indian head showing.

Purple Dog Bed with Buffalo Nickels

Finished Dog Bed with Buffalo Nickels

 

Close up of buffalo nickels
Close up view of nickels

 

 

Just finished my version in metal.Bison Horned Headdress
I was just curious if I could make a feather. After making my first feather I wanted
Bison Horned Headdress Metal Sculpture
Wisdom & Medicine Symbol in Brow Band

to do something with it, there sprouted the idea of the headdress. I am “all about bison“ so it had to be bison related. I researched the Native American headdresses and found most were very different from each other. They were a very personal item to the wearer and were decorated with items that were important to them. The headdress was earned, they were not given. The wearer had done something for the tribe whether it be courage, strength, or in his wisdom. Each feather was earned by doing another act, some just had a few feathers and others had a full-length dress at the time of the historic photos. They were also called a War Bonnet. They were not worn into a battle, they were used in ceremonies whether of their own making or when they met with others of stature. They were mostly used among the Plains tribes and often decorated with trade fabric; trade fabric was a red wool from Europe. Some had bells, horsehair, feathers from a few different birds of prey, bison wool and hair, short-tailed weasel hides. The bison horns were usually from a cow, although I did see a set that was from a bull. I read they wanted to appear massive and scary to their enemy, like the bison. (Note to self: if they were not worn into battle, how could this be true?) It could be true if it was a way of building their tribe’s personal power within themselves.
Bison Horned Headdress Metal Sculpture Bison Horned Headdress Metal Sculpture Bison Horned Headdress Metal Sculpture Bison Horned Headdress Metal Sculpture Bison Horned Headdress Metal Sculpture

Bison Horned Headdress Metal Sculpture

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The American History site: Buffalo Headdress. Buffalo headdresses were usually worn by warriors. Buffalo headdresses were made using buffalo’s horns, fur, and tail. This type of headdress was important for ceremonial and spiritual celebrations. Only well-known male warriors wore buffalo headdress. Only a few Native Indians wore this horned headdress because only a few tribes used this and only warriors of particular clans or people who had accomplished brave deeds can wear bison horns.
Indians org: Each time the warrior earned a feather, he would either wear it (but he only wore a couple into battle) or put it on a pole used for special occasions. Once he had collected enough feathers, they were then made into a headdress. Because each feather had a special meaning, binding them together in a headdress made that Indian headdress even more special. Only the men, closest friends of the warrior, were involved in making the headdress. The Indian chiefs also “earned” each of their feathers. The most prized of all feathers to receive for an Indian headdress was the Golden Eagle feather. Because the Indians saw the eagle as a messenger of God, this feather could only be earned through hardship, loyalty, and strength.
I’m sure there is plenty more to learn about the Headdress or War Bonnet, all in all, they each are a beautiful work of art.

 

Just a few items I have made over the years. 

Metal works Kitchen lamp shade Wagon Wheel dog bed Branded horseshoe plant stand New pasture gate  Round bale feeder bison round bale feeder bison mineral feeder bison mineral feeder Repairing Ranch Upright Making a coffee table from hames Coffee Table