Artist/Consultant Chris (Comeswithclouds) White: • Locust Arch 1 • Cherry Stump • Hickory, Locust and Cedar Poles • Poles, Bark and Cattails • Locust Arch 2 • Hollow Log • Metal & Stumps • Cedar Tree • Stone • Tree Bark
Locust Arch 1
Arch by Chris used at the Indian Village grand opening.
Locus Tree Wedding Arch for our Daughter. Small side represents the female. Right larger side represents the male. Center represents Creator God in the Center. When you remove the top, the female side falls over to the male side.
Traditional Water Drum in a book by Joseph Campbell.
Chris's first drum. A replica of water drum he saw in a book by Joseph Campbell. This is a hollow cherry stump found on Chris's father's property, covered with deer hide.
Hickory, Locust and Cedar Poles
Using hickory, locust and cedar poles, Chris designed and painted this tipi with help from our friends/volunteers. Set up for the public only twice, thousands have seen or entered this tipi. While tipis are not indigenous to Virginia, it has served as a great hands-on educational tool and served as a nice back drop to many family photos.
Red, yellow, black and white tipi Chris designed. Hands at the top, above the blue clouds, represent Creator with arms open for all people. (Photo by Rich Cooley Northen Virginia Daily)
Poles, Bark and Cattails
Wigwams are more traditional for Virginia's Woodland Indians. It took a small community helping Chris gather the materials and erect this amazing feat not just in engineering but in humanity.
Stone and Poles
Vision brought this subterranean sweat lodge design to Chris. Turns out there is archeological evidence of subterranean structures like this for Woodland Indians.
Chris gains creativity from wondering around and being one with Nature. When asked whey did you stand these dead logust trees up, he said, "They wanted to stand again."
Locust and persimmon wooden boards, hand cut make this door with a hole in it Chris created from wood on our property. The door slides along old wheels saved from an 1850's barn hay hook. The wheels roll along a copper pipe carved into a stone floor.
Mirror Chris created from an old hollow log. What would be discarded now has daily use and purpose.
Chris covered this discarded tobacco box with fall leaves to hold an ornament (left) for the Virginia Governor's Christmas Tree ornament. The lid contains two traditional Native American Indian tobacco leaves Chris grew.
Metal & Stumps
Old stumps Chris turned into railing and stairs. He created his own kiln to dry the wood and clean of bugs. Then stained it. Each piece is specifically selected to match the shape of the railing. There are no straight lines in nature he says.
Chris designed this cedar bed from a single cedar tree as a wedding gift.
Stone work is one of Chris's favorite mediums to work with. He often stops to pick up stones along the rode side or from waterways. He sees things most people miss when working with stone - the details and colors in previously worked pieces, discarded many years ago.
A dead tree lives on with its bark saved to be re-purposed for this 12' feet ceiling. Chris developed an original technique to adhere this bark several feet over his head.
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