These medicine wheels are made of solid sacred catlinite (pipestone) that was mined from Alan Monroe's mine at the national monument and shrine located in Pipestone Minnesota. Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist available upon request.
The smooth side of each medicine
wheel (shown above) has been buffed and polished with beeswax to a high gloss.
The bottom side (show in photo below) has been left naturally rough.
Each medicine wheel has a naturally rough
side as if the stone was just peeled out of the earth. Very special. The
rough side and the polished smooth side are a great contrast - like life itself.
Paula says -
"These medicine wheels are very substantial and so wonderful to hold and carry. I have a medium sized one that I carry in my jeans pocket where I can reach in and rub it or pull in out and carry it in my hand for a while. It has great healing energy. We have several of each size now, so if you want one that is more bright red or dark red, let me know and I'll pick through what we have.
"The one inch wheel makes a perfect addition to a medicine bag and the largest one is powerful on its own or could be added to a hanging.
"Some of the stones are solid red and some have variegation of color (two-toned pipestone). Some have spots, often referred to as spirit spots. If you have a strong preference one way or another, be sure to mention that in the note box of your order and I will choose the best one for you."
Alan Monroe - Oglala Lakota
Alan Monroe creates his Northern Plains artwork from hides, stone, leather, and wood. He learned the basics of quill working, weaponry, sculpting and pipe making from traditional and contemporary artisans in his family circle. He is a fifth generation pipe maker and considered by many to be a master pipe maker. In his sculptures, Monroe works with a variety of materials such as pipestone, bone, wood and alabaster. He creates small objects like fetishes to large pieces than can weigh hundreds of pounds. Al Monroe's work can be seen in many galleries and museums across the country and he has won many awards. Al Monroe was born in Hot Springs , South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and studied business and art in Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Dakota.