Cardinal Original - Wildlife Collection

Cardinal Original - Wildlife Collection


The very first piece of my new Wildlife Collection, the Cardinal is one of my favorite birds!I love the simplicity of the Cardinal perched on the branch, and the leaf (made from a separate piece of buckskin) and berries add a wonderful 3D contrast to it that make it pop to life! This piece is also available as a print.

As always, hte piece is entirely handmade, burned on traditional buckskin and painted with natural pigments using primitive bone tools.


Matted with velvet forest green and lime green.

Size: 11x14

A frame is not included: This piece is ULTRA 3D, and is meant to be framed inside a lighted shadowbox 2.5" deep at minimum. Message me if you are interested in a purchasing a shadowbox as well.

About Buckskin Pyrography:

Traditional buckskin is an ancient material. Its use dates back tens of thousands of years, and the principles and methods of making it have not changed much in all that time. Neither has its usefulness, luxurious texture, and high quality.

When buckskin is burned on, its unique qualities lend a 3-Dimensional surface to the art. In order to take full advantage of this aspect and make the artwork "pop", I recommend oblique lighting be used (This creates shadows which give depth to the piece).

A side effect of the process of making traditional buckskin is that it can smell strongly of smoke. Smoking the skin is the last step in the tanning process. It makes the skin water resistant and also gives it its trademark color, ranging from light yellows to dark browns.
The smell of smoke is normal, and many people enjoy it, equating it to the smell of a campfire.

Please understand that your art piece will smell of smoke, and in order to reduce the smell I recommend framing it in glass. This will also protect the art and ensure it lasts for many years to come.


    If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me within 10 days of delivery for a refund or replacement.

    Return shipping may be required for all pieces, at buyer's expense.


    If you receive damaged art: Please email photos of the damage to

  • Shipping Info

    Though I make every effort to ship items quickly, and often they will arrive in just a few days, please allow up to 14 days for delivery. I spend a lot of time on the road, exhibiting at shows, and sometimes cannot get to a post office for a few days.


    All shipping is done with USPS Priority Mail, with tracking.

    Original Pieces are insured.


  • 15 Year Warranty

    I extend a 15 year warranty on my ORIGINAL PIECES ONLY, guaranteeing against craftsmanship defects and natural wear.

    Properly cared for (framed and hung away from direct sunlight, in a dry environment), my original pieces should last for generations.