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*cattail - I remember my mom, Goldie, loved to gather things from nature and make them into home decorations. She used hair-spray on the cattails to keep them from fraying, then sprayed them gold and put them in a large vace. I remember them in the front room. oh - she also cut off a manzanita branch, sprayed it gold, and we used it as a jewelry tree - to hang our necklaces and stuff on. Fun memories.
The Hivernant Axe, with wood burn'd handle - There was a glorious time in history when fur trading gentlemen with gnarly beards ventured deep into the wilds of North America to procure high ends goods desired by civilized culture around the world. The word 'Hivernant' is french for ‘winterer’, and was the title earned by a french fur trader once he graduated to spending a winter out in the wild places. Hivernant was a title of pride and respect among these men.