Over here where the view was peaceful at 9 a.m.
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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:
Quality Handcrafted Rattlesnake products