Paul H on Jul 21, 2016
The item was beautifully crafted and well made. I also had a question on the shipping, and the seller responded within 24 hours. Couldn't have been a better experience as a consumer.
How it all began
The concept of The Lure of Cripple Creek came about with being “lured” into bluegrass music. In the beginning of the 1990’s, the true bluegrass experience began when I attended my first music festival. I was easily “lured” into the music, the people and pure enjoyment of the festival.
Soon I was “lured” into taking up an instrument, the banjo. (Thank you to all my friends who have supported and endured this). The first song I learned to play was Cripple Creek. Somehow my enjoyment of this music merged with my enjoyment of fishing and the idea of fishing lures made in the shape of instruments was born. I started making them and using them and amazingly they worked! Bass are particularly fond of them.
In 2001 “The Lure of Cripple Creek" participated in bluegrass festivals along the east coast including Gettysburg (PA); The Merle Fest (NC); Grey Fox (NY); Thomas Point (ME); Blistered Fingers (ME); Strawberry Park (CT); Somersville (WV); and Podunk Fest (CT). Starting out with the fishing lures, the idea expanded to include many other novelty items shaped like bluegrass instruments - guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and bass.
As time progressed, I began to incorporate the bluegrass theme into other products I made, including instrument straps and dome top trunks. Working with Geoff Stelling, I had the opportunity to make straps for the commemorative banjos he donated to the Merlfest and Greyfox music festivals.
My life has had many twists and turns but I have always found the time to create my own style and techniques working with leather, wood and silver. With the ability to appeal to different genres, I have made anything from motorcycle accessories to shrunken heads and Viking helmets to custom instrument straps. My natural artistic abilities are expressed by carving into leather, setting my work apart from many others. My work has been recognized in national magazines and in 2010 I received the Alice Clark Hubard Award. For many years I have always been steadily employed for others and now have taken the giant leap to continue down my artistic path. Not only do I have my Etsy shop The Lure of Cripple Creek but have opened The Hands of Man Gallery in Sterling, CT where my work is displayed along with other local artists and fine craft people.
You can see my custom work by visiting The Hands of Man on Facebook.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
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- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
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