PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Ted the Bone Carver. Sounds like a great title for a horror movie. That's the name used by a South Mississippi craftsman who turns animal bones into unique objects of art.
"I use all kinds of bones, from buffaloes to birds to cows," said Walker.
Ted Walker grinds and carves animal bones and turns them into hand crafted jewelry and other items. Walker is keeping a centuries old art form alive. Native Americans and other ancient cultures used bone as a material to make functional things and create art.
"Bone and rock have been around a long time. It's something that can be used, and has been used for thousands of years," Walker said.
Walker enjoys spending time in his shop with his tools and his bones, making one-of-a-kind pieces.
"I guess for me it's relaxing. It's like therapy," according to Walker.
Walker is from north Georgia. When he started carving bones, he would make jewelry that depicted wildlife there. Since moving to the coast he has adapted.
"I started doing turtles and dolphins. At home I did bears and wolves," Walker said.
Walker travels to festivals all around the South, but you can find him locally on Saturday mornings at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian.
Walker loves working with a natural material like animal bones because he knows it will pass the test of time.
"They find artifacts and tools that are made from bone that are thousands of years old. I know my carvings will be around for a long time. Long after I'm gone, Ted the Bone Carver is going to have work out there, somewhere," Walker said with a smile on his face.