Desert Ironwood Bison Carving
When our country was first settled, there were over 60 million bison that roamed the land. Still the largest terrestrial animals in North America, these lords of the prairie were hunted almost to extinction, but have since rebounded and can be seen on public and private land across the U.S. While they appear peaceful and laid back, they are very temperamental and will attack without warning and for no apparent reason, particularly during rutting season when they become belligerent, unpredictable and pose the most threat.
Hand carved in great detail, this imposing bull with prominent massive shoulders, long mane, shaggy fur and curved horns is carved from a solid piece of one of the most beautiful hardwoods in the world, what we know as Desert Ironwood (Olneya Tesota). The wood is gathered from naturally fallen trees and through long hours of hand carving, sanding and polishing, the beautiful burl and distinctive grain inherent to Ironwood appears. Polish with a soft cloth and occasionally apply a light coat of neutral paste-type shoe wax. Measures 9-1/8" x 3-1/4" x 6-1/2" tall and is affixed to a desert ironwood base. It weighs approximately 3 lbs. Each carving is unique, so size and weight will vary slightly. Hand carved in Mexico. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity.