Another from the collection I acquired where my friend bought only the best, but now must part with them. A very nicely done badger -- the color variation in the stone, with the artist leaving the dark part of the stone for the face, makes for quite the dramatic critter, especially with the turquoise eyes. Badgers are believed to be good for bringing strength and power to their "owners," so if you know someone facing a challenge or obstacle, or even a recent graduate (either a college ...click for details
The white marble is an advantage here, making Hayes Leekya's signature on the horse's belly more noticeable and legible. An August, 2004 article in New Mexico Magazine's annual "Native American" issue, featured Hayes making horses with inlaid turquoise hooves, very similar to this one, and he comments that of all the animals he carves, "Horses are my favorites." He also says it takes him about four hours to carve a horse.
The article also mentions that before ...click for details