OutWest Blog Archives for June 2018

Mary Etta Morse Writes For The OutWest Scout

Welcome to this edition of the OutWest Scout. I'm eager to get going, bringing you stories I know you'll enjoy covering the "behind the scenes" of OutWest! I've been given free reign and I'll be sharing interviews with the authors, musicians, and artists that the folks at OutWest partner with and I'll be picking "Mary Etta's Favorites" that you'll find in our "Purveyor's Picks" section on the home page AND my very own Pinterest Board.

Since I've got a ranching and farming family history I just love anything handcrafted and made of wood. Today, I'm writing about the whimsical and fun carvings of Navajo Folk Artists Edith Herbert John and her husband Guy. I'm pictured with XSmall Chickens in all 3 poses - Nesting, Pecking, and Standing. Aren't they cute? Each is handmade by Edith and signed on the bottom of the base. Tails of raffia, and their facial expressions are so simple yet unique. They just make me smile. Do you need a "pick me up" during the day? Just gather a brood of chickens for yourself, place in a sunny spot, and watch the smiles of your family grow!

Edith John creates all kinds of magical animals including owls, crows, and - my new favorite- pigs! Each comes with a story card. Shop all the available chickens, owls, and crows here.

Here's their story:
Edith Herbert John and her husband Guy live in Sweetwater, Arizona with their children. Edith, daughter of contemporary folk artist, Woody Herbert, started carving cottonwood in 1990 for fun, working with her father to make toys for the children. The immense popularity of her work has made carving an important source of income for the Johns. Guy works with Edith to make stylized creatures in every imaginable color. Owls, turkeys and chickens are among the Johns' most sought after carvings.

Until I've got another story to share - do something Wild & Western!
----Mary Etta Morse (Etta to my friends)!

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