Kokopelli Rotacrylic Pen Blanks
Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer, and storyteller, the Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest. Images of him date back over 3,000 years, are some of the earliest petroglyphs that were carved by Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest. And although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Native Southwestern Tribes. There are many legends that surround the Kokopelli. One is that he traveled from village to village bringing the changing of winter to spring. Kokopelli’s flute is said to be heard in the spring’s breeze, bringing warmth and new life. It is also said that the hunch on his back depicted the sacks of seeds and songs he carried. It is also said that he was the source of human conception. Legend has it, everyone in the village would sing and dance throughout the night when they heard Kokopelli play his flute. The next morning, every maiden in the village would be with child.
No matter the legend, it is without dispute that through the ages, Kokopelli has been a source of music-making, dancing, and spreading joy to all those around him. Even today in our "modern" society, Kokopelli, with his hunchback and flute, is always a welcome sight in our homes and in our lives.
This amazing piece of workmanship involved many hours of design cutting on a CNC, including thousands of lines of code. Once cut, the upper pen blank was re-cast, in white resin. The matching blank for the other barrel has no image. The colors of the blank are red, sage, and black-red
The pen blank will fit a mid-size pen (Jr Gent II/Jr Statesman/Triton etc). Because of the double casting and the intricate design, there is a chance of encountering a small bubble. If you do, it can easily be filled with some of the white sanding dust and CA or epoxy. These pen blanks have been precision cut on a computer-controlled multi-axis CNC. The image depth on the blank does not vary. But you need to drill straight and in the center of the blank (there are two pilot holes started for you) or the image on the blank will be off-center and will turn away as you turn the blank down. Please refer to the provided instructions.
Painted tubes are recommended.