As a creative person, I am always looking for new and unusual crafts to give
as gifts. So, when Tom brought home the pheasants and I saw the spectacular
iridescent colors, I knew I had to create something to preserve the beauty of
First, I researched drying procedures and then consulted several taxidermists
for information on how to preserve the pelts. When I felt confident that
I could do this, I began with my first batch of skins or pelts. Once I was
satisfied that the skins were preserved according to taxidermy standards, I
went to work on the creative process.
Up to now, I have only used skins/pelts provided by the birds my husband and others
hunt for freezer and table. Birds are NOT killed solely for the
purpose of my craft. Thus, only about 12 wreaths are made each
Each wreath is hand crafted by me and no two are alike. The wreaths
measure 16" and are decorated
with locally grown grains and foliage.
For the first two years, I made wreaths and gave as gifts to family and
friends. Many of these resulted in sales and so I decided to join the
Pride of Dakota and market my wreaths as a "made in North Dakota" product.
I had a booth at the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase in Bismarck for 5 years and in 2002, my wreaths were displayed in the
Pride of Dakota booth at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot where the sales people
said "they literally flew off the wall". At this time, sales,
through word of mouth, have also been made in Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin,
Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, California, Oregon and Washington.
Preserve the memory of your own pheasant shoot and the beauty of these birds
with one of my wreaths currently in stock. You will enjoy it
for many years to come.