Orca Whale Top Hat with Goggles , Sea of Bitterrooty Hand Made and Painted, Size 7 to 7.125
Using cardboard, cotton fabric, and canvas, I made this hat from scratch. I hand-painted the canvas with orca whales swimming over the Bitterroot Mountains when I made the hat. I also created the images in the goggles of matching orcas. They are not see-through but opaque, so the goggles are decorative. I call this “Sea of Bitterrooty.”
The hat is a size medium and measures 22” inside the rim (about size 7 to 7 1/8. It is about 7” tall and 11 wide from the rim to rim.
This can be worn as a cosplay hat, Steampunk accessory, or displayed as a beautiful piece of art.
Why the name Sea of Bitterrooty:
We live in an area that was part of the great flood called Lake Missoula. On our farm, people have found sediment of sand and signs of ancient sea life, and we are at about 4,000 feet above sea level.
During tens of thousands of years of cooler and wetter climate in North America, huge ice sheets periodically spread southward and then gradually retreated. The final onslaught—known as the Wisconsin glaciation—brought masses of ice to the river valleys of northern Montana, Idaho, and Washington. Meanwhile, alpine glaciers formed at the region’s higher elevations.
The Clark Fork’s drainage area includes a network of valleys hemmed in by high mountain ranges. Lake Missoula is named for the Montana city which occupies a central location in the Clark Fork watershed. Missoula’s nearby mountains also contain graphic evidence of the lake’s existence. Given the climate conditions of 20,000 years ago, precipitation and glacial meltwater from most of western Montana’s mountainous regions would have ended in Lake Missoula.
More about us:
We are full-time artists with extensive backgrounds in the high-tech industry, which helps us with the technical aspects of our artwork and glass blowing. We love to incorporate science into our functional art pieces.
Our small organic farm overlooks the Bitterroot Mountains with several buildings dedicated to our work-from-home lifestyle. The Steampunk Shop is Rae’s creative space; the Torch Shop is where we blow our glass, and the Big Shop is for general mad science and Bill's electronics lab.
Since 1993, our work has produced glass art, including hand-blown contemporary marbles, hummingbird feeders, and Pixie Orb ornaments.
We are spreading love and harmony - one piece of art at a time.