Time for a resolution … I want to revisit the days of The Accidental Ozarkian, a self-syndicated column that I wrote for about eight years that appeared in various magazines and newspapers in Missouri. With nostalgia of the good old days of writing that column in my mind, I promise to bring you more of the quirky, interesting people of the outdoors this year in this blog. You know, the ones you couldn’t-make-this-stuff-up-about-if-you-tried folks.
And so, I give you freelance writer and Arkansas trapper of the year (2008) Jill Easton Spencer, who probably can be found in the woods checking her traps almost every day near Calico, Ark., and who also is a woman with a most interesting hobby. She crafts ‘coon-pecker necklaces.
I wrote about Jill last fall for Turkey Country magazine, and that part about the necklaces never made it to print. Then, I noticed online that Pete Thomas blogged about Jill at the LA Times outdoor blog, but he mostly just used Jill’s words from my article to tell the story about how amazed he was that a woman would a) trap and b) be so comfortable with her place in the animal world. If Pete would have just picked up the phone and talked to Jill, he wouldn’t have been so amazed. But, he would have been impressed.
Here’s what he didn’t get: “Let nothing go to the waste,” says Jill. And with that in mind, she crafts ‘coon-pecker necklaces and sells them at her website, http://treblehookunlimited.com/. Made with intricate beads, each necklace is unique because no two raccoon baculum are alike. In a You Tube interview, filmed by The WON’s associate editor, Paige Eissinger, Jill explains more about the process and the philosophy behind the necklace. I bought a necklace from Jill, in fact. I believe it has brought me good luck.
OK, we’re on a roll now, and I’ll be on the lookout for more interesting outdoor outdoor personalities, like Jill.
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