Owyhee was the first county created in Idaho in 1863, during the heydays of the gold and silver rush. It’s the second largest county in Idaho, situated in the southwest, encompassing scenic mountains, desert canyons, historic Silver City, the Snake River. It’s ranching country - the Joyce Ranch was established in 1865 and still runs cattle on the ranges. It’s riding country. Saddle up your horse, bring your hat, and come experience the Owyhee wild country.
The artwork of Owyhee Designs reflect the colors and flavor of the Owyhee country. The barbed wire designs come from rusted Owyhee county barbed wire. The bracelet and necklace stones reflect the colors of the country: pink, rust, tan of the desert; magenta, plum, crimson of the rhyolite cliffs; green of the sagebrush; blue of the Snake River.
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Made in the spirit of Owyhee, these one-of-a-kind pieces reflect the colors and shapes of Owhyee, a beautiful, remote region in southwest Idaho. 

Naked Owyhee Quartzite Necklaces!

These unique Owyhee Designs pieces come from a single secret Owyhee hillside scattered sparsely with these rare finds of au naturel - naked, un-machine-polished - quartzite stones. 

On the scientific side, Wikipedia says, Quartzite started out as pure quartz sandstone. When sandstone is cemented to quartzite, the individual quartz grains recrystallize along with the former cementing material to form an interlocking mosaic of quartz crystals. Most or all of the original texture and sedimentary structures of the sandstone are erased by the metamorphism. The grainy, sandpaper-like surface becomes glassy in appearance.

I say, the Owyhee wind and rain and sand polished these pieces over the eons to be strikingly white (or sometimes the pieces have a goldish tint) and smooth as glass; and if you look closely at the stones, you'll see layers and striations and the inner workings of the earth's forces of heating and pressure and tectonic compression.

On the spiritual side, since you have the yin and yang of sandstone and quartzite, you get the healing powers of both. Quartzite is said to stabilize, balance, and anchor positive changes in your life. It can support you while you are learning life lessons. It has a more feminine vibration. It's also said to amplify the energy of other stones it is combined with, which brings us to the sandstone aspect.

Sandstone is said to be a stone of creativity, one that encourages truth and promotes clarity in thought and sight. It can banish acerbic character, discourage bad tempers and general grumpies, and it promotes loving acceptance of humanity - that is, it's a Naked Happy Stone. 

And don't we need more of that in the world? Happiness, that is. Particularly with the Quartzite aspect amplifying that energy.

But if you choose not to believe in those properties and take advange of the stones' possible powers, that's okay because,

On the aesthetic side, each stone is one of a kind from Owyhee, and just plain beautiful.


each necklace is $25 includes shipping (USA only)

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Hanging Charms from the Gallery Collection

This lovely, unique heart-shaped rock is about 2 1/2 by
2 1/2 inches. The wood is sagebrush, and the turquoise
colored rock of course adds good Owyhee luck!
$65 including shipping, USA only
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currently on display in gallery

$65 includes shipping - USA only!
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$35 includes shipping - USA only!
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This particular piece is modeled after a friend's pinto, using his actual tail for the Spirit Horse tail

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Want a piece of the Old West? Got Baling Twine?

Little do ranchers know what art they can make with those massive piles of baling twine laying around their barns and pastures. (Little do they have time to do anything with it anyway, besides burn it or let it sit.)

Here, from Owyhee Designs in the West, you can get your own funky, colorful, functional art *and* a piece of the West all in one.

These baling twine mats will take on your toughest muddy boots and come out unscathed. You can hose them, beat them, stomp them, you name it: they are rough as snot and virtually indestructible.

Each mat is a one of a kind piece of functional art. Each one takes *forever* to make, particularly the woven mats. No two mats are the same. No one mat is perfect. It will likely be a little crooked and uneven. With the crocheted mats, there will probably be a dropped stitch or two. With the woven mats, there will probably be some weft or warp (or both!) on one side or the other. 

Doesn't matter. I like to go with the Navajo way of thinking, put mistakes in a piece of art so the Gods don't get upset. 'Course the Navajos make mistakes on purpose. Mine are accidental, but just as effective. Nobody's going to get angry or jealous about this (un)perfect piece of art. It's highly functional. Stomp it. Beat it. 

Even if a knot works its way apart, which is highly unlikely, take a small piece of duct tape (the other essential on a ranch in the West), or baling twine, or plain ol' twine and tie it together. Or drop a spot of super glue on it. 

Best of all, just use it, abuse it, use it some more, hose it off to look like new, and use it again, and again. And spread the word, spread the Owyhee Designs love!

Crocheted mats: $35, shipping included

Contact me to see what I currently have in stock: 
TheEquestrianVagabond at gmail dot com

What else ya gonna do with baling twine?

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