Native American Kiva (ladder) with tooled leather accents.

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Project by ScaryDAve posted 09-09-2008 09:42 PM 10127 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest creation.
This Kiva or Native American ladder is meant as a corner unit in bathroom for towels. It’s also good for a bedroom or such as a place to display quilts.

It’s made out of eastern, red, aromatic, ceder poles and branches. The construction is mortise and tenon with hidden screws in the back. It has a light lacquer finish over it.

I am also a leather worker by trade so I added the leather straps, tooled cuffs, tooled feathers, conch and horse hair details to give it even more Native American flavor.

The entire project took about 16-20 hours.

-- Failures are successes in training.

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#1 posted 09-09-2008 09:53 PM

I like the ladder very much, but the leatherwork makes it truly stand out. Nice job.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#2 posted 09-10-2008 06:48 PM

oh yah
love the added leatherwork..
VERY nice.. very very nice!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 12-18-2008 02:38 AM

WOW, far out! Fantastic leather work. The feathers, they’re leather also I take it. Super. Never saw leather feathers before, and those are beautiful. The tracks are fantastic, cool look overall. Thanks.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 03-07-2009 03:17 PM

This just popped up on the front page. I like!

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#5 posted 09-17-2009 03:05 AM

Scary Dave I love this Kiva, do you sell them or the plans for them I would love to have one for myself. I am Abanaki, a native Maine an Canadian, I would really love to have something from another tribe. let me know

-- Robert-maine

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#6 posted 09-17-2009 03:45 AM

Now there’s a cool project cool on cool


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