WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Horse lovers will have a new way to remember their pets thanks to a new local business.
Equus and Knot a Tale custom make bracelets, necklaces, earrings, hatbands and more from horse or mule hair.
Duane and Nathalie Bowen and their children Nolwenn, Solenn and Fionn have always loved nature and animals. They have experience grooming horses, mules and goats for shows.
"During a walk in our farm, we found this delicate, amazingly strong bird nest. It had been beautifully crafted mainly with horsehair," Nathalie Bowen said in an email. "This beautiful creation was our inspiration. We reached for the lock of hair we were holding onto from one of our first horses, and weaved it into a necklace."
Since then, the family has been making horsehair jewelry for themselves and friends.
Customers send in a lock of hair from their mule or horse, choose from western or classic designs and complete an online order form. From there, the Bowen family washes the hair and sorts it to be braided. The company sets the hair in silver, gold or brass findings. The Bowens can add leatherwork to some designs. Customers will receive the finished product by mail.
The "Knot a Tale" portion of the business is designed for children, and includes candy colors and whimsical designs.
More information is available by visiting equus-knotatale.com starting March 15 or by emailing email@example.com.