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     Irene Scheibner

     Phone Toll Free:  888 838 9854

Hello, I am an independent retailer and I have been selling since 1997.  Please contact me with any questions or inquiries you may have.   I have more than is displayed on the website so please ask!   If there are particular artists or types of carvings you are interested in I will let you know what I have available.  

Let me know if you would like to be on my Email mailing list to receive a short Email every 4 to 6 weeks announcing new postings to the site.  Your address will ONLY be used for announcements from Spirit Of The Lioness and will never be distributed!

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Contact me by Email or phone for information about the carvings or to arrange purchase and shipment details.

Please identify the carving you are interested in by artist, description and price so I can confirm it is still available and can provide you any additional details about the piece.

Monthly payments can be arranged to help with your budget needs.


Payments accepted by Paypal or MasterCard, Discover Card and Visa credit/debit cards.  I use Paypal as an online credit payment processor.  Personal checks, certified checks and U.S. money orders are also accepted. A sales tax applies to items shipped to the state of Connecticut.

Shipping Charge - An added shipping charge covers Priority US Mail delivery in  mainland USA.
             Other postal service arrangements can be made for shipping to other locations.

Gift Delivery - I will be very happy to gift wrap and enclose a note to someone you wish to receive a carving as a gift from you!

  Refund Policy - I have a full refund policy if for any reason you are not satisfied and decide to return a purchase, providing your purchase is returned within 30 days in the condition it was received. I want you to be satisfied!

Spirit Of The Lioness has been a proud, long standing member of the
Indian Arts And Crafts Association since 1998  --- Member #1668

IACA is dedicated to the protection and promotion of American Indian Arts.  The IACA symbol is the sign of authenticity, quality and integrity in Native American Arts and Crafts.               

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And now.....a word from our friends.....

"Irene: Got him today-looks just as handsome as his picture. Thanks again. "

"The little wolf has arrived safe and sound and he is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you once again for the friendly and fantastic service! I have bookmarked your site and will be checking on it regularly. "

"I got the bear and he is wonderful...  I hope to order from you again and plan to visit Zuni in the spring."

"The fetishes arrived in very good condition because of your careful packing. They are beautiful and I will enjoy them tremendously. "

"The wolf and mountain lion arrived safely this afternoon. I love both of them. The mountain lion is wonderful and the wolf is even nicer in person. I love the soft green color of the stone. I will look forward to your next posting. You always seem to find the talented carvers and nicest stones."

"Wow, that buffalo is much more impressive in person than in the photo.
The picture was just fine, but that monster piece of onyx is a definite attention-getter.  And it got here in no time.  Many, many thanks, Irene."

"Well that was fast!  The buffalo arrived today.  Wow, what a beauty. Thanks so much Irene!"

"Awesome lynx!  Thanks again Irene.  I'm acquiring quite a collection from you and love your taste in the ones you offer."

"Just wanted to let you know that I'm in receipt of the Quandelacy mountain lion and am very pleased with it.  As usual with this family, it's a very well executed piece with beautiful presentation. I'm also delighted with the price!"

"The turtle and bear arrived by USPS Priority Mail this afternoon. The satin spar gypsum of the bear plays tricks with light; it changes from sheer transparency to a filmy diaphanous glow in a moment.  I didn't have such a lovely carving in my collection.  You said "thank you" in your note, but I say "thanks" right back.  You certainly have an authoritative eye for shopping!"

"New home found... Great piece.  We both like it a lot. It is catching up with his "new" Zuni friends.  Thanks for shipping so promptly."

"The Chris Waatsa frog arrived safely, and I am delighted with him. What a beautiful color combination. Thank you very much for your excellent service."

"The wolf arrived safely today, and he's quite perfect. Thanks so much. Please do add my name to your mailing list."

"Irene, you have been awesome to deal with!  Thanks for everything and I will be in touch.  I looked at your fetishes today.....I may need to purchase again! "

"Hi Irene, Just want to let you know that the package arrived today. The carving is gorgeous! Definitely a keeper. Thanks again for your wonderful service, and hope to talk to you again."

"Hello Irene, the buffalo and bear arrived today and are beautiful. Thanks for a smooth transaction."

"Irene,Thank you so much. You've been  great in helping me build my collection. You have a good  eye. It is very much appreciated. "

"The mountain lion arrived is MAGNIFICENT!!  Thank you so much.... Look forward to business with you again.

"Irene, they arrived today and I couldn't be more pleased! They are outstanding, I look forward to another order with you."

"Dear Irene,
Everything arrived today in perfect condition. I love the lion and the books look great. (I'm heading off to read them right now.) Thank you so much for all your help and generosity."


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In 1993 I unexpectedly discovered the local science museum had two mountain lions in their small animal sanctuary. I learned they were male and female siblings, and they had been confiscated from people in southern Connecticut who illegally kept them in their home.  These idiotic people purchased them as infants and had them totally declawed, botched surgeries that left both lions with foot pain the rest of their lives.  They came to the sanctuary at less than two months of age.  When I first saw them they were six years old.  I soon volunteered to work on weekends at the sanctuary, and I was involved in the care of a multitude of animals for the next three years.  Like the mountain lions, some of the animals had been confiscated by the State or rescued in some way. Many more were donated pets people decided they could no longer care for. In addition to the two mountain lions the sanctuary had parrots, owls, iguanas, chinchillas, multiple snakes including a timber rattlesnake, opossum, alligators, a giant African frog, prairie dogs, turtles, rats, ferrets, a hawk, tarantulas, mice, chameleons, giant cockroaches, love birds, a wild jungle cat, an African caracal and a bob cat, and those are just the ones I remember.  I worked with them all, and the conditions made that work difficult as the available space was small and not designed for ease of access for feeding, cleaning and attending to their needs.  I loved them all, and the mountain lions had a special place in my heart.  Their fate led them to live out their lives in a restricted captive space, and although they were well cared for they were never free to live and roam far as they were meant to do.

The male was friendly toward the caregivers, enabling them to work in the yard with him nearby.  However the director had stopped allowing anyone to touch him once he grabbed and held a caregiver's thumb in his mouth, until he somehow decided he'd let it go rather than take it off. The female, the lioness, was another matter.  She would let no one enter the yard or ever be near her, she was a wild spirit to the core.  Part of my job was to clean their den and fill it with fresh pine shavings.  I had to get them to go outside into the yard and then close the outer iron barred gate to the den.  After that I could open the inner iron bars and enter the small den to work there.  It was no problem getting the lioness to go out to the yard, she left as soon as I was anywhere near the den door.  The male usually refused to leave and preferred to sleep in.  It sometimes took two hours of intermittent verbal coaxing to get him to get up and go out.  One time I noticed someone had torn up the large brown paper bag the pine shavings came in and spread that in the den as well.  I decided to do the same and left the bag in pieces on the den floor.  After I closed the inner gate and opened the outer one to their yard the male came in and to my surprise went right back out to get the female.  To my greater surprise she came in even with me crouched right there at the bars of the small inner gate, and she lay on the den floor and began to shred the paper.   She didn't stay long, but a barrier had been lifted and I was henceforth allowed to be within a foot or two of her as she worked on the paper.  Over the course of a year she gradually let me stay longer at her side when she was in the den and even spoke in small 'brup' sounds as I spoke to  her.  As often happens with animals, she became a confidant who bolstered my strength of spirit to face growing difficulties in my life concerning my office job and my family's health.  Her wild spirit that enabled her to survive, to be true to herself was a testament to her strength of will, and I never forget her.  I left my volunteer work after three years in 1996 to meet growing care needs for my family.  When I started my small business in 1997 I named it in her honor.  In the winter of 1999 I learned the two mountain lions had both passed away at the age of twelve. She died first and he died just two weeks after she was gone. It was no surprise that he wouldn't go on without her. She was a tower of strength and each moment I had with her was a privilege, an honor. While I regret we had to meet under the unfortunate circumstances of their long captivity, I will always cherish their memory, most of all the wild and unfailing spirit of the lioness.
Irene Scheibner  2010


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