One of the first designs, for MHART was a porcupine quill adorned with a hand carved skull head on top. This pendant is still in the collection today. One of my favorite necklaces, I in fact wear it every day.
Among many of the natural materials I use throughout the collection, porcupine quills are one of my favorites. Each quill is unique in its own way; in shape, color, and size.
Porcupines quills are released by contact with them, or they may drop out when the porcupine shakes its body. New quills grow to replace lost ones. From ancient times, it was believed that porcupines could throw their quills at an enemy, but this has long been refuted.
Every few months I collect new quills to restock, and carefully clean, sanitize, and shed down the tips so the quill is not sharp for the wearer.
Every quill is unique in its own way, if you are purchasing one of MHART Quill necklaces and would like to see the quills I have available, please feel free to email me and I can send you images of current inventory. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)