I highly recommend that you study photos, books, magazine articles and museum pieces for ideas on beadwork designs and colors. You will also find many ideas for handle shapes, trim feathers and all sorts of little ´extra decorative touches´Â and fancy feather work that individual craftsmen use when making fans.
The methods described here have been developed over many years of experience and with the advice and help of several highly experienced fan makers, including Ben Stone, John Panther, Joe Rush, James Chasenah, Dick Past and Tyrone Stewart. Many varied techniques are used by other craftsmen, and as you proceed, you may well develop a few tricks of your own.
Hamm, Jim. Bows & Arrows of the Native Americans, Bois dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Arc press, Goldthwaite, Tx., 1989. Past, Richard. Personal conversations, 1967-1968.
Stewart, Ty. Modern Flat Fans. American Indian Crafts & Culture, Tulsa, Ok., 4:4, p. 3, November 1970.
Stone, Ben. Personal conversations and instructions, 1970-1974.