So i guess this will be the 2nd piece in my "Tribe of Steampunk" aka Tribal Punk series. I finally uploaded it to my store here: [link]
where there are a few more photos. And a full description.
This swirling bone piece is a Mauri "Fish hook" - a Hei Matua - I obtained in the 1990s. I believe it is cattle bone and I was told it was carved in New Zealand.
The hook shape is tied into a legend of a great fish that was caught. The design of it has evolved over time to represent saftey over water: or safe travels.
Now this is transformed... into my Tribal Punk series. The Mauri fish hook has been paired up with a few recycled elements. The large steel "jagged" gear above was once part of a clock mechanism. Hanging below it - and layered above the bone hook is a pocket watch part. I selected that piece because it has its own hook like design. I over laid that with a black star gear washer.
more details here: [link]
today I hope to be working on some other design explorations.