American Bison Totem
Each totem is hand carved from a solid piece of Desert Ironwood (Olneya Tesota), one of the most beautiful hardwoods in the world. This tree grows only in southern Arizona and California and a small area in the very northwest part of Mexico, primarily in the Sonoran Desert. Wood is gathered from naturally fallen trees and through long hours of carving, hand sanding and polishing, the beautiful burl and distinctive grain inherent to Ironwood appears.
A favorite subject of our customers is the American Bison. Three different animals are depicted here in fine detail in a block of ironwood. The largest terrestrial animals in North America, they were once hunted almost to extinction but have since rebounded. Since these are hand carved of a natural material, there will be small differences in the wood grain and in the carving itself. The unfinished backside shows the natural structure of the wood. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Each measures approximately 3" x 3-1/4" x 9" tall. Weighs close to 2 lbs. Polish with a soft cloth and occasionally apply a light coat of neutral paste-type shoe wax.