People who are looking for European mounts, buffalo and skull paintings, breast collars, horsehair tack or Indian Mandellas can now stop by Nature's Nitch at 110 South Main in Helper. Tim Riley opened the new business on April 30. In addition he also makes bows and quivers, dream catchers, does feature repair on tack and saddles. All work is done by hand and he is especially interested in special orders on things like dream catchers that need a personal touch. Riley also trades with hunters for work on hides, horns or skulls. He offers classes teaching people how to make original Indian crafts.
His motto is "If it deals with nature it can be found at Nature's Nitch." Riley is part Cherokee and part Vietnamese. A tribal shaman came down last Sunday and blessed the shop with a smoke and eagle feathers ceremony. As a former heavy equipment operator he has turned a hobby into a business. He previously lived in Branson, Mo.