Mystic Orb

Jeff Wilson of Oregon-based Mystic Orb stopped by for a little chat recently.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Jeff.
In the early 70's I went through a very "psychic" phase. I could feel and hear everyones thoughts, feelings and infirmities within a city block or so. Needless to say I had to quit my job and my wife and I moved into a VW bus as far into the woods away from folks as we could get... but we needed money. We started picking up shells and bone and I started making jewelry. Figured out I could etch pictures on the bone (before I ever heard about scrimshaw). My wife would sell it at Stanford University. As I learned to control my sensitivity we started doing shows and putting the work in galleries.

This is how we make our living. It buys feed for our chickens and goats and pays the bills, and gives us trading material for much of our clothing, shoes and food. We live a simple life in the country, raise most of our own food and live on very little money...but more is always welcomed.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Make these Creations.

Tell me about your process.
I create things to feed the joy and Spirit. I use all natural materials like wood, stone, gemstones, antler, legal ivory, bone, leather. Some pieces are commissioned by Guides of folks, then the Guides lead those folks to my site where they find what was made for them as instructed by their Guides. I get to be the middle man whose hands and eyes are used in the creations. Other things come from me...

What have you been working on recently?
I've been doing a lot of inlay work lately, turquoise, lapis, malachite, copper, brass etc inlaid in wood, or stone or bone. Peace Signs, Kanji, Goddesses etc. I've also started carving small signs in cedar....Peace, "Garden of Joy", "Fairy Folk Welcome"...etc

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Asking for money for the work..

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The Wonderland Box

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A scientist

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
So many ...too many to name.

What does your future hold?
More creations.... ever expanding methods...JOY and Love.

Visit Mystic Orb at, Etsy and They are also at Eugene Saturday Market every weekend in Eugene Oregon.