Powder Horn with strap

Powder Horn with strap
Powder Horn with Strap

Our stock Powder Horn with strap comes ready to use!  Polished natural cow horn includes a groove to hold the strap. Living History Re-enactors wear Powder Horns as an accessory. Native American dancers can wear them as part of their Native American Regalia.

Our Powder Horn includes a wooden stopper and a wooden base and a woven strap.

Powder horns are containers that hold gunpowder. Historically, soldiers made Powder Horns from cows, oxen or buffalo horns. Natural horn has the advantage of being waterproof and already hollow inside. Stoppers of wood or bone or horn were placed at each end of the horn. A soldier filled the horn with gunpowder at the large end, and dispensed powder from the smaller end.
Soldiers sometimes decorated their Powder Horns with carvings or inlays. They usually carried them with a long strap over their shoulder.

The Wandering Bull offers Powder Horns as collectible items. Living History Re-enactors also use Powder Horns as part of their kit.  You can choose from our standard stock Powder Horn or one of the One of a Kind horns that we acquire from other collectors.

Colors and curvature of each Powder Horn will vary.  Our stock Powder Horns measure approx 12″ long.

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Powder Horn Scalloped End

Powder Horn Scalloped End
Powder Horn Scalloped End

Get this sturdy handmade Powder Horn for your kit or collection! The crafter made it from an 8″ long Steer Horn.  At the butt end, he carved a scalloped section that holds the strap.  He added wood stoppers to both ends.  Copper nails hold the butt end stopper in place, so you cannot open it.  The narrow end has a removable stopper.  A piece of synthetic cord serves as a strap, but you can replace it with Leather or your own Strap.

Powder horns are containers used to hold gunpowder. Historically, soldiers made Powder Horns from cows, oxen or buffalo horns. Natural horn has the advantage of being waterproof and already hollow inside. Stoppers of wood or bone or horn inserted at each end of the horn kept the powder dry. A soldier filled the horn with gunpowder at the large end, and dispensed powder from the smaller end.  Soldiers sometimes decorated their Powder Horns with carvings or inlays. They usually carried them with a long strap over their shoulder.

The Wandering Bull, LLC offers Powder Horns as collectible items. Living History re-enactors also use Powder Horns as part of their kit.

You can choose from our standard stock Powder Horn or one of the One of a Kind horns that we acquire from other collectors.

One of a Kind!

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Bison Horns

Bison Horns
Bison Horns

These natural Bison Horns will make very large Powder Horns. Cut the horn and use it to make a Horn Roach Spreader. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

These horns are natural black. They come minimally cleaned. We sell these Horns individually. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

Bison Horns measure approximately 12″ long. The opening measures about 4″ in diameter.

We also sell Bison Toes!

Polished Steer Horns

Polished Steer Horns
Polished Steer Horns

Our Polished Steer Horns will make great Powder Horns. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

The colors range from off-white to black. We sell our Steer Horns individually. If you order two, we will do our best to match them as a pair.  These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

Small Steer Horns measure between 5″-8″ long. Large Steer Horns measure between 8″-12″ long.

We also sell ready to use Powder Horns with a Leather Strap.

Horn Spoon Northwest Coast Style

Horn Spoon Northwest Coast Style
Horn Spoon Northwest Coast Style

The crafter of this Horn Spoon etched a totem pole like design into the handle.  He used natural Horn, likely from a bison, to create this work of art sometime in the early 1900s.

Several Native American tribes created horn spoons from Sheep or Elk horn. They removed the outer part of the horn and carved it. Then they softened it in hot water to further modify the shape.  Sometimes they decorated them with carvings.

The bowl of this spoon is somewhat flat.  It is in very good condition for its age. You will see some small holes in the handle and the base of the bowl. It will make an attractive addition to your spoon collection!

This Horn Spoon measures about 6.5″ long.  The bowl measures 3.5″ x 2.25″.

One of a Kind!

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Horn Rattle

Horn Rattle
Horn Rattle

Traditionally, Native Americans use Horn Rattles to produce the rhythm for song and dance. The Horn Rattle can also sometimes accompany the Water Drum.   You can strike a Horn Rattle against the palm of the hand, or shake it.

Native Americans did not use cow horn to make Rattles until after European contact. Prior to the introduction of cows, Natives of the Northeast had to use Bark, Gourd and Turtle Shell to make Rattles.

Our Horn Rattles are made with natural cow horn and a wood handle.

They measure approx. 11″ long.

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Buffalo Horn Tubes

Buffalo Horn Tubes
Buffalo Horn Tubes

We import our Buffalo Horn Tubes from India.  The Natural Black Horn offer a subtle look to your chokers, jewelry and other Regalia accessories.  Try our Horn Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Bone Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Horn Tubes.

We offer Horn Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Horn Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Horn Spoon Quilled Handle

Horn Spoon Quilled Handle
Horn Spoon Quilled Handle

This large Horn Spoon comes with Quillwork wrapped around the handle.  The crafter wrapped a 1/8″ wide strip of Orange, Turquoise and Yellow Quillwork around the handle of this translucent Horn Spoon.  He or she used Imitation Sinew to hold the Quillwork in place.

Several Native American tribes created horn spoons from Sheep or Elk horn. They removed the outer part of the horn and carved it. Then they softened it in hot water to further modify the shape.  Sometimes they decorated them with carvings.

This spoon is for decorative purposes. It is in very good condition, and will make a fine addition to your spoon or quillwork collection!

It measures about 8″ long. The bowl measures approximately 3.5″ long x 2″ wide. The quillwork section measures 2″ long.

One of a Kind!

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Horn Spoon Carved Handle

Horn Spoon Carved Handle
Horn Spoon Carved Handle

This Carved Horn Spoon features carving detail on the handle and edge of the bowl!  The crafter used natural horn to create this beautiful Spoon.  You will admire how symmetrical and smooth it is.  The accentuated curve in the handle adds to its appeal. The natural grain makes it almost look like wood!

Several Native American tribes created horn spoons from Sheep or Elk horn. They removed the outer part of the horn and carved it. Then they softened it in hot water to further modify the shape.  Sometimes they decorated them with carvings.

This spoon is for decorative purposes. It is in excellent condition, and will make an attractive addition to your spoon collection!

It measures about 7.5″ long. The bowl measures approximately 3.5″ long x  1 7/8″ wide.

One of a Kind!

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Steer Horn Single

Steer Horn Single
Steer Horn Single

Use this single Steer Horn for crafting material or to display!  This Steer Horn comes as a single.  It retains its natural color. The inside is completely hollow.

This Horn measures approximately 31″ long (36″ if you hold the tape to the curve).  The base measures 14″ in circumference and 4″ in diameter.  It is a very large Horn.

You will see scratches on it and chipping/peeling at the base end.

One of a Kind!

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Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe
Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

We import our Buffalo Horn Hairpipe from India. The polished natural black horn looks great in chokers, breastplates, necklaces and other items.  Because these are a natural product, the width may vary.

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Amber Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Horn Hairpipe is available in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

You can purchase Buffalo Horn Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

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Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Choker - Bone or Buffalo Horn
Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Chokers here at the shop.  We use soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1″ Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Each Three Row Choker measures approximately 13″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Deerskin Leather Lacing ties.

Choose from four color combinations:

  • White Bone Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • White Bone Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads

We will add a complementary second Tile Bead color.

Custom made items require time to make! Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.

You may also like our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets!

Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads
Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads offer a natural black bead option to your crafting projects.

Use Buffalo Horn Beads for necklaces, chokers, breastplates and more.

Buffalo Horn Beads come in 3 sizes:

  • 6 mm
  • 8 mm
  • 10 mm

We sell these Beads in packages of 100 beads.

You may also like our natural Bone Beads!

Choker Kit – Horn Hairpipe

horn choker
Choker Kit – Horn Hairpipe

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

The Buffalo Horn Choker Kit includes 1.5″ Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel-Plated Beads, our Leather Choker Spacers, Deerskin Leather Lacing, Imitation Sinew, 2 Metal Feathers, 1 Abalone Concho, and Illustrated Instructions.

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Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Bracelet - Bone or Buffalo Horn
Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets here at the shop. We make each Three Row Bracelet with soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1/2″ Bone Hairpipe or Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Our Three Row Bracelets measure approx. 7″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Crow Bead closure.

Choose Horn (Black) or Bone (White). Choose Blue or Red Tile Beads.

You may also like our complementary Three Row Hairpipe Chokers!

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Horn Bear Claw with Knuckle

Horn Bear Claw with Knuckle
Horn Bear Claw with Knuckle

Among our Imitation Bear Claw options, we now offer one made of natural black Horn. This Bear Claw comes with a ‘knuckle’ end. You will appreciate that it comes with a drill hole so it is ready to attach to your project.  These Horn Bear Claws will look great on a Bear Claw Necklace or as a decorative accessory on a Bag or Dance Stick.

Each Bear Claw measures approximately 3″ long.

We sell these individually. You will get a quantity discount when you buy 10 or more.

We also offer Imitation Bear Claws in economical plastic.  You may also like our resin Replica Bear Claws.

Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Horn Choker

Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Hairpipe chokers served many different purposes throughout history – They adorned and protected warriors’ necks before battle, and also served to represent social standing. Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  You can wear Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Materials Needed:

You can acquire these materials separately or purchase a Buffalo Horn Choker Kit from The Wandering Bull, LLC.

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Amber Hairpipe

Amber Hairpipe
Amber Hairpipe

When you are looking for a new take on an old favorite, try Amber Hairpipe!  Natural Horn Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Amber Hairpipe comes in three sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″ sizes.

You can purchase them in packages of 25 pieces, 100  pieces or 1000 pieces.

 

Red Amber Hairpipe

Red Amber Hairpipe
Red Amber Hairpipe

Make a striking choker or bracelet with these Red Amber Hairpipe! Natural Horn Red Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Red colored Amber Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

 

Choker Kit – Plastic Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe
Choker Kit – Plastic Hairpipe

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Choose from:

  • Plastic Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Plastic Hairpipe with Glass Beads

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Cow Skull

Cow Skull
Cow Skull

Natural Cow Skull ready to add to your camp or game room! The previous owners left this vintage skull in its natural state with organic bits attached to it.

The Cow Skull measures 16″ from front to back. It stands about 6″ tall. From eye socket to eye socket it measures 9″.

The teeth are missing.  It does not come with horns. You will see that one side of the nose bone has broken off. This skull has been around and may have been exposed to the weather.  We are selling it as is.

One of a Kind!

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Pottery Antique Clay Figure

Pottery  Antique Clay Figure

Pottery  Antique Clay Figure

This small Antique Clay Figure resembles Native American Rain God statues.  In the early 20th century, the crafter roughly shaped it with natural clay covered with a light colored slip.  He or she added some brown paint marks on the hair (?), around the neck, on the arms and feet and on the object it holds.   The crafter used short incisions for the eyes and mouth with a little shaping for the nose.

The figure sits with straight legs stretched out.  It holds a log-shaped object that may be a container to catch the rain.  Projections from its head may be hair or ears and horns.

You will see that a piece has broken off the top of this figure and chips off the back of one of the head projections and one of the feet.  The left foot is also blackened on the bottom.  Otherwise it is intact and in good condition.

The Figure stands about 3″ tall and 2.75″ across the legs.

One of a Kind!

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Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe
Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

This elegant Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe gives a very different look to chokers and jewelry. You will find it delicate enough for you to make earrings with it!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Ultra Thin Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Wampum Hairpipe

Wampum Hairpipe
Wampum Hairpipe

We proudly offer real Quahog Wampum Shell findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Natural Quahog shell beads and pendants will vary in color striations. Each bead is a miniature work of art! These exceptional pieces will please the most particular craftspeople. We sell these individually.

You commonly see Bone and Horn Hairpipe. You can create a very special choker using this Wampum Hairpipe! We sell these by the piece.

Choose from two sizes:

  • 16mm (just over 1/2″) x 4mm
  • 20mm (just over 3/4″) x 5mm

Buy 10 or more for quantity discounts!

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Bone Hairpipe

Bone Hairpipe -
Bone Hairpipe

The Wandering Bull offers top quality real Bone Hairpipe with uniform widths, holes and smoothness! They come with 2 mm holes. Therefore, you will find them ready to use for chokers, breastplates, necklaces and more!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice. Bone Pipe Stems from corn cob pipes were even made into Hairpipe! Breastplates became symbols of status and Necklaces and Bandoleers gained in popularity during the Reservation period.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Choose from 7 sizes

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 2.5″
  • 3″
  • 4″

Purchase your hairpipe in 25 count, 100 count or 1000 count packages. Quantity discounts apply to packages of 10 or more of the 100 count packages.

Choker Kit – Bone Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe
Choker Kit – Bone Hairpipe

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each kit includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Each Kit comes with 1.5″ Bone Hairpipe, Imitation Sinew, Choker Spacers, a Needle, Deerskin Leather Lacing, an Abalone Concho and Beads.

Choose from:

  • Bone Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Bone Hairpipe with Glass Bead

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Wampum Belt 5 Row Cobalt & White

Wampum Belt 5 Row Cobalt & White
Wampum Belt 5 Row Cobalt & White

Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this brilliant 5 row Wampum Belt exclusively for us! He used White and Transparent Cobalt Blue Glass Reproduction Wampum to create the design.

Add it as a strap to your Bandoleer Bag or Powder Horn! Or wear it alone as a sash!

This Wampum Belt measures 27.25″ long x 2.25″ wide. It comes with 13″ of Smoke Suede Leather fringe.

One of a Kind!

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Drum & Rattle Making

Drum & Rattle Making
Drum & Rattle Making

By Tom Porter for Native North American Travelling College. 10 pgs. Softcover.

Drum & Rattle Making provides instructions for making a traditional Water Drum. It includes tips for preventing cracking and splitting.  It also offers instructions for making a Horn Rattle.  The instructions are written in a conversational style. You will find a list of Social Songs at the end with notes on which instruments accompany them.

Black & White illustrations.

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Animal Energies – EXPANDED EDITION!

Animal Energies -  EXPANDED EDITION!
Animal Energies – EXPANDED EDITION!

Interpreting the Messages and Warnings of Animals. By Gary Buffalo Horn Man and Sherry Firedancer. Softcover. 304 pgs.

You do not want to miss the new edition of Animal Energies! You will find color photographs and expanded descriptions of the habits and behaviors of 60 animals. Discussions of smudging and the vision quest enhance the overall message of what we can learn from our animal brothers.

ISBN 9781632204516

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Necklace Five Claw

Necklace Five Claw
Necklace Five Claw

This simple Necklace Five Claw makes a statement!  The crafter made it with our own antiqued Bone Bear Claws.  He interspersed these with Italian White Center Crow Beads and Blue Mini Crow Beads.  2.5″ long Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Brass Beads finish the piece.

The beaded section of this Necklace measures about 10″ long.   You can adjust the length with the Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing.

One of a Kind!

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Wampum Belt Cobalt & White Diamond Design

Wampum Belt Cobalt & White Diamond Design
Wampum Belt Cobalt & White Diamond Design

Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this classic 5 row Wampum Belt exclusively for us! He used Transparent Cobalt Blue and White Glass Reproduction Wampum to create the design.

Add it as a strap to your Bandoleer Bag or Powder Horn! Or wear it alone as a sash!

This Wampum Belt measures 26″ long x 2.25″ wide. It comes with 12″ of Smoke Suede Leather fringe.

One of a Kind!

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Bone Tubes

Bone Tubes
Bone Tubes

Our Bone Tubes have straight edges are made with good quality real bone. Their Ivory color makes them perfect to make chokers, bracelets, and other jewelry. Try these natural colored Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Buffalo Horn Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Bone Tubes.

We offer these Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Bone Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo have a long history together. Buffalo, or the American Bison, has played an essential role in the survival and culture of the Native Americans who lived in the Plains region of what is now the United States, and parts of southern Canada.  Buffalo once roamed the Plains in innumerable herds until the middle of the 19th century. Incursions by white settlers and the arrival of the railroad severely depleted the number of Buffalo living on the Plains.  Native Americans use of every part of a Buffalo for food, clothing, tools, fuel and utensils. Continue reading Native Americans and Buffalo

Plastic Hairpipe

Plastic Hairpipe
Plastic Hairpipe

You will find Plastic Hairpipe an economical alternative to Bone or other types of Hairpipe.  The 4″ size makes a good alternative for large breastplates because it makes them much lighter.

Plastic Hairpipe is wider and lighter than Bone or Buffalo hairpipe.  That makes it popular for children’s crafts and regalia.

We offer Plastic Hairpipe in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

We sell this Hairpipe in packages of 100 pieces.

You may also like Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe!