Turning nature's expressions into unique creations for you.
I am Claudia, owner of Patagonian Hands. I am from Coyhaique, Patagonia Chile. I have been living in Missoula, Montana, USA with my husband Karl since July 2012.
I used to be a school teacher in Chile and I have become a self-taught fiber artist and jewelry artisan since I moved to the northern hemisphere.
I create animals, mostly birds, using only sheep wool that I get locally and from Chile. I don't use any glues or stitches to keep sculptures together, but the compression I get through barbed needles that push the fibers every time I poke the wool. This process is known as needle felting.
I also make earrings using Fine Silver (.999) and semi precious stones in some designs.
Karl is the coaster master. He does landscaping and tree removal, owing his own business, Karl the Beaver. Whenever he finds interesting looking wood, he saves it and lets it cure for around three years. When time has passed, Karl cuts each coaster, sands it, burns it with a MT iconic animal, birds or other themes and finally, he rubs them with linseed oil and beeswax.