Survivor: DIY

March 4, 2010

One of R&T’s friends has such an interesting way of creating his jewelry from natural materials, we thought we should feature him here…

Wandering Creations

Artist Kelly Tidwell has been exploring and adventuring in his kayak for the past 3 years in the wilds of Southeast Alaska. Living and voyaging by kayak throughout the year, Kelly discovers remote beaches full of various natural treasures that inspire these beautiful creations. Pinto abalone shells found along the rocky shorelines of Prince of Wales Island are caught in the deep channels by river otters who dive deep, then bring the abalone up to feast on the beach, leaving the shells behind. Antlers from the Sitka black-tailed deer are shed naturally each year and found in profusion on islands and in the wooded forests.

Roughing it: living off the land and making jewelry

Roughing it: living off the land and making jewelry

Kelly’s inspiration and artistic energy has gone into creating these hand-crafted, unique pendants and earrings. Making such beautiful jewelry while living and camping in the wilderness far from any city or town can be very challenging. Each piece is carefully hand-cut and shaped to showcase the individual beauty of the antler and mother-of-pearl shell materials. With sterling silver findings and chains to compliment each piece, these are truly one-of-a-kind works of art!

(This information comes from Kelly. Thanks for sharing your unique story, Kelly!)

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  • Reply Connie Eyberg March 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    What an interesting and fulfilling way to live life! I love when I find something that inspires me.

  • Reply Robert T. Dempsey March 12, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Love the creativity! Keep the creative mind working and keep POSTING! We all need inspiration- it keeps things fresh.

  • Reply Dave Robertson March 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I want to visit Kelly, I think a kayak trip around southeast Alaska would be even more inspiring 🙂

  • Reply Helga August 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I bought a necklace made of antler and earrings made of abalone shells from Kelly during my visit in Sitka at a Saturday market sale. I love both pieces! It would be nice if he would sell his jewelry online.

  • Reply Jack M September 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Dave, I met Kelley this past spring. I am looking to contact him. Do you know the best way to achieve that? My email is



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