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We're on pg. 31 of "COWBOYS & INDIANS" this month.

Small-size Sterling cuff with Lapis by the artist known as Chimney Butte.



   "Chimney Butte" is a real person and a real character indeed.  And he was a big hit at the 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market, where he sold his creations on the plaza for years.   He is a true dedicated artist/silversmith, and a person who appears to be guided by spiritualist principles.  He is big as a butte and learned his chops early in his career from the late legend, Tommy Singer, when both he and Mr. Singer lived near Dilkon, Arizona.  He claims half-Comanche/half-Anglo lineage, and is married into the Santa Domingo tribe (just south of Santa Fe).  This guy is larger than life and belongs in a chapter of the Drifter's book.  His dedicated following in the movie industry includes some of the cast from the "Hateful Eight;" Brooke Shields, and quite a few others.    Pictured is a time-consuming cuff to make, with six pieces of blue lapis; some crosses and a lot of Sterling silver balls of various sizes.  Better yet, it is made from good-gauge Sterling and is sized for a smallish woman's wrist at 6-inch wrist circumference (which includes the "gap" in the cuff).   Weight is a respectable 3.25-ounces and is hallmarked "Chimney Butte."  Look for other pieces made by this artisan posted in this section as well.