Suddenly, I saw little faces looking up at me from the dirt. They were kind of creepy. but in an interesting way. Further investigation revealed these "faces" to be weathered vertebrae bones, probably from cattle or possibly elk. Fascinated by their beautiful organic forms, I knew in a moment they were the solution I had been seeking. The rest of the figure fell quickly into place. Weathered pine and aspen sticks have always looked like arms and legs to me. I had already collected a supply and was using them for limbs on other doll projects. The sticks would work equally well for legs. Natural fabrics and embellishments were a logical accompaniment to the organic forms , and the name "Range Walker" was an obvious fit. Appropriate names for each Range Walker had eluded me until I realized that the names of southern Colorado towns and geographical features were perfect. In addition to the stories and historical characters that often accompany them, these names seem to have the dignity that the Range Walkers demand.
My husband and I continue to explore the southwest landscape from our home in New Mexico. I always look for interesting sticks, bits of rusted metal and seed pods. One of these days I feel certain that I will stumble across a beautifully weathered vertebrae of a deer or possibly elk, and then I'll be off and running with this idea again. You can click here to follow our adventures in the southwest.