Where nature and art meet!
This creature represents a snake, a lizard, and a turtle. A maranka gourd was cut in half and one half retained the curled end that was made into a snake plus the shell of the turtle. The head was made from several jewelry gourds and sealed with some ball bearings as counterweights. The tongues are made of purple heart wood from Africa and the legs and feet are made of black walnut. The action is governed by precisely balancing the head for bobbing and side-to-side movement. It gives a very eerie effect as if the head were really alive! The other turtle up front is the other half of the gourd that was sawed in nearly half. Its head bobs up, down, and side to side.