Turtle Shell Rattle

May 14, 2010

My New Moon project:  dismantling a couple of older rattles to create a more useful and better-sounding one for mazewalking.  I collected all the pieces in Kentucky about 15 years ago:  a complete young box turtle shell (found on an abandoned railroad track), deer hooves (from a buck found dead in a wooded hollow at Midwinter – I have his antlers too), and hind foot bones from a young female coyote roadkill – she was the model for my “Coyote Uroboros” drawing.  The turtle shell is filled with honey locust beans.  Strung on cotton/silk/linen string.  Makes a nice mix of organic, woodsy hissing/rattling/clicking sounds.

Turtle Shell Rattle

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