Turquoise Inlaid Wooden Vase


Item Number: DR 382
Tribal Affiliation: Sokoki Band of the Abenaki Nation
Artist: Clint Cross
Medium: Wood, turquoise and varnish
Age: 2014
Dimensions: 11 1/2″ X 7 1/2″


SKU: DR 382 Categories: , , ,


This spectacular piece is a true example of the beauty of nature.

Interesting gnarled knots, whirls of grain, and deep rifts add a unique charm to the gorgeous one-of-a-kind piece of art turned and hollowed from a single piece of Myrtle wood, a broad leaf evergreen native to Southwest Oregon and Northwestern California growing up to 120 feet. The color of the wood is a light tan with dark mineral streaks running through showing a nice burl or fiddle back form.  It has been inlaid with Burtis Blue turquoise around the rim of the neck and in “veins” running along the body of the vase. The finishing lacquer emphasizes the beautiful undulating wood grains encircling the vase. Knotholes and minor cracks add a unique charm, while gorgeous wood grain and colors make this vase great for a wide variety of decorative uses.

The gorgeous blue turquoise inlaid in the vase comes from the Burtis Blue Mine, also known as the Florence Mine, which is still running today producing beautiful natural turquoise with a soft brown matrix.  Burtis Blue Turquoise comes from the oldest running family owned turquoise mine in the area around Cripple Creek, Colorado. The turquoise produced here, which is all hand dug, is of the finest gem quality. The vase is totally hand crafted, receiving a special touch to enhance the beautiful lines of the wood. Clint grinds and crushes each of the nuggets by hand to produce the beautiful inlay in this gorgeous vase. It is truly a thing of beauty.

Condition: Excellent – new original condition
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist

Additional information

Weight 40 oz