lupa makes stuff


A while back I went to the Goodwill Outlet (affectionately known as “the Bins” locally) where I found a rather sad little rocking horse sitting in one of the bins. Some child had scribbled all over it with marker and it had lots of little scratches and dings, but it was structurally sound. Someone had obviously taken a lot of time to make this little pony by hand, and I hated the idea of it getting thrown out since it wasn’t likely to be bought. So I decided to make it a project, bought it, and took it home. 

The first thing I did was to remove the worn old nylon rope mane and tail, and sand off all the marker and smooth out some of the surface damage, though I left some of it for character and visual interest. The pony had originally been torched to add shading; I ended up sanding a lot of it off while removing the marker, and so I took a propane torch to it. I liked the burnt look and decided to make it darker than before, and while the original artist hadn’t finished the wood, I added a few coats of oak stain for a deeper color. 

Next–detailing! The pony’s eyes had already been carved by the original artist, so I just painted them in acrylics. While I was at it, I gave it nostrils and a pretty white stripe down the nose. Once the paint was sealed, I added deerskin ears (since the poor thing didn’t have any to begin with) and deerskin hooves. I made a deerskin bridle and attached it with a strong adhesive and small brass tacks. More deerskin became a saddle pad, and I completed the tack set with braided deerskin reins.

Finally, it was time to hair the beast! I had a real tanned mane and tail from a euthanized bay horse that I got from a taxidermist. I had to trim them to make them fit a much smaller pony, but with more adhesive and tacks (and a LOT of patience) the pony had a much better coiffure than the old nylon rope. Better yet, the mane and tail are fully pet-able and brush-able since they’re securely attached to the pony. (Do be aware that there may be minor shedding with vigorous brushing, so use a soft bristled brush.)

I put a lot of work into this little pony! It still carries a few scars here and there from its past life, but it’s much improved and is ready to go to a new home! The pony is a pretty good size, measuring app. 39 ½" L x 26" H x 14" W. I sat on it with my ~120 pounds and it held up just fine; however, this pony is best sized for toddlers and slightly older children. 

Does this need to be in your home? Here ‘tis on Etsy.


My work is in the media again! You can see one of my wolf headdresses among the many other visually intense images in the abstract-styled official video for Phantogram’s Black Out Days (warning for hide and bone lovers: there’s a gratuitous scene of a perfectly good bovine skull being smashed with a hammer!) 


Great news, all–I’m open for custom work again! Whether you’re after a wolf, fox, or other critter headdress, a specially-created piece of jewelry, a carefully crafted ritual tool, or some lovely piece of decor for your home, please feel free to contact me with your ideas. Even if you just have some vague notion in your mind, let’s see what we can come up with–I specialize in making your ideas a reality!

You can also take a peek at my current roster of custom ideas on Etsy just to get some ideas.

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WIP shot of the guitar face I’ve been working on (the guitar itself was badly damaged and no longer suitable for playing). Still needs some cleanup work, but I should have the painting finished today. The text says:

“Deep in the heart of every tree-born instrument rest the remnants of eighty thousand days and nights. Each cell holds the ghost of a sunbeam; each splinter the sharp crack of twenty below. Run your hand down the fretted plane and you touch yearning for roots gripping the earth for dear life. Pluck the string, tap the bout, and a tree strains to revive the songs of beasts now laid to dust.

Long after the forest has fallen, the wood remembers.”
items in The Green Wolf Portland store on eBay!

Etsy recently made some changes to their prohibited items policy; it includes some animal parts that are completely legal to buy and sell, such as wolf and lynx. While my Etsy shop is still up and running as usual, I’ve moved the art made from wolf and other parts over to my new eBay store! You’re also welcome to ask me about buying directly from me, too. 

Here I am on eBay!