"I'm thankful for my God-given ability to do this work of object creation
and hope to do so until I pass on to a better place." -Robert "Lone Eagle" Waynee
Born in 1939 to James and Goldie Waynee in Bay City Michigan. Robert "Lone Eagle" Waynee is a member of the Swan Creek and Black River bands of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

He learned his woodworking skills through the practice and observation of his parents, who were skilled woodworkers and basket weavers.

His youth was spent in Alger, Michigan. At an early age he joined the Army and it was on his tour of duty in Germany where he met his wonderful wife of 50 years, Margrit Mayer. After his service he returned to Michigan, where he dabbled in furniture making and design.

In 1986 he carved a wood sculpture and entered it in a show in Traverse City, Michigan. It was through that he discovered his passion for working with wood, and in 1987 began carving his coaches.

Since that time he has continued to hone his skills in his sculpting of stagecoaches and adding silver work to the details. His pieces are scale models of coaches from actual Smithsonian blueprints.

They also include functioning aspects, such as; working lanterns, opening doors, working suspension and moveable parts. The' coaches are highly detailed: hand carved trunks, luggage, shotgun replicas, sterling silver canteens, horseshoes and much more.
Because of his extraordinary talent in sculpting, he has won many awards including; Nanooshke Gallery Indigenous People Art Market 2000, Challenge Award at Santa Fe Indian Market 2000, Award Winning Indian Artist of America Show (Invitational), Classification and Division and First Place Ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market 1996.

Lone Eagle later turned his talents towards jewelry making in a joint venture with his wife, Margie. The necklaces are comprised of sterling silver, gold, dentillium, bone, leather, turquoise, carnelian, citrine, pearl and other semi-precious gems.

Their highly successful jewelry business caught the eye of the legendary Aretha Franklin, who has worn two of their pieces.

Others who have adorned their jewelry are: Lisa Stewart, Lorianne Crook, Jennifer Douglas (Ms Rodeo America), Pam Tillis, Dianne Feinman, Travis Tritt and Randy Travis.

His work is also highly sought after in Europe and with European models.

Although he continues to design jewelry, Lone Eagle primarily considers himself a story teller in wood. His pieces reflect the history and tradition of American Indian culture.


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