This Bear from Brian Yatsattie is carved from brightly striped surfite. Similar to fordite or other motor agates, surfite is a by-product material created when surfboards are made. The process of making surfboards includes pouring resin over the foam and fiberglass forms and the excess resin from multiple boards will pool and harden on the shop floor creating beautiful and dazzling stripes when cross sectioned. This resin will not decompose if thrown into a landfill, and the creation of jewelry and Zuni carvings gives this material new life as a faux gemstone. Since the stripes of surfite are organically created and unique, each piece carved from surfite is just as special. Some have more opaque stripes or stripes filled with sparkles. Brian's bear is standing up right and has some wonderful translucent moments across it's vertical pattern. These blues and earthy tones in this bear really give it the feeling of fishing at the river in the summer. Measures approximately 2 1/4" tall, 1 1/2" wide, and 3/4" deep.
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