HOW IT ALL GOT STARTED

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From as early as I can remember, I have always found inspiration in nature.  Collecting pockets and backpacks full of nature treats along the way while hiking, camping, or kayaking outdoors, I’ve ended up with quite a collection of sticks, nests, and rocks from around the world. 

In 2014, my husband and I took a little break from NYC and stayed upstate for several weeks. I was struggling with my mental health, unhappy with my career, and yearning for a purpose. I wanted to reconnect with my love of being in nature. I needed to. While on a hike along the Delaware River, I came across several uniquely-textured sticks and later learned that they had been de-barked by beavers (beaver sticks!).  I became obsessed and couldn’t collect enough! We also found tons of smooth river stones, wild turkey feathers, bird and wasp nests.  A couple months later, while still in the depths of my struggles, the idea hit me to create well-crafted arrows out of these beautiful beaver sticks. I felt comfort in creating arrows - a universal symbol of forward movement. I was ready to emerge and keep going forward, working with my hands and crafting decorative arrows.

Today, my hope is that my craft will bring a peaceful, natural element to your life and a little reminder to keep going.

Continuing to use self-foraged materials as much as possible, I love to create these wildlife sculptures, each with a distinct design element.  Every piece is bound and decorated with 100% cotton Japanese thread waxed with beeswax and features a small "MM" burned signature.

-Murphy Munday