08
Jan
12

Over there

Over here where the view was peaceful at 9 a.m.

04
Jan
12

Resolute

 

Determined.  Even it meant that she ran up and down the fence line all evening  trying to connect with another dog that she knew was there but could not see.

27
Apr
11

flying flower

PHOTO: By Renee Biala     @2011  NO COPY WITHOUT PERMISSION

11
Apr
11

Photo Essay~ Going Cave Walkin’

 

06
Apr
11

Special Photo Essay~Right on time, the hatching of a honking great moment

 

 

 

 

01
Jan
11

Sunday Photo Essay~ A Chat With the “Snake Man”

I talked at length with someone I call the “Snake man”.   This is Marshall Freeman,  who I think has a great name for a snake wrangler.  Marshall catches and kills his own rattlesnakes and then hand crafts them into several products available for sale.

When I asked Marshall where he finds his snakes, he tells me, “Oh, fields, under rocks, under your house.” and then gives us a laugh.  He’s been doing this for years he says. “Only been bit once when I was a kid”

“You make me scared to be outside,” I told him this morning.

“Oh! About from now til March, you won’t be bothered by them.  They’re sleeping.” he reassured me.

I look around at the snakeskin wallets which are very nice!  But Marshall has way more than wallets.  He tell me he uses every part of the snake, except for the head.  “I don’t mess with the heads” he says,  “That’s where all the poison is.  I have those flown in because they’re freeze dried”

Rattle snake tails become keychains!  Of course I could help but rattle them.

There is even Rattlesnake oil for sale here.   “Cures Arthritis.”  Marshall said,  “rub a little bit on your joints “

A snake head ball cap is one of the “Snake man’s” crafts.

Marshall tells me that family members help him out  in the business, however when it comes to preparing the skins for creating his wares, they  sometimes suddenly have other things to do.  He explains that is because scraping snake skins is a very meticulous process that involves a lot of time and patience!

Marshall assured me that I could post his pictures and information online:  If you would like to order any of the crafts you see here as well as canes, wallets, hatbands, belts or ask him any questions just call him:

Marshall Freeman

Rattlesnake novelties

Quality Handcrafted Rattlesnake products

(512) 295-6023

(512) 216-1015

20
Dec
10

fleas at the market




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