Bennett Sockyma

Bennett Sockyma

   Bennett Sockyma is a very talented Hopi Kachina carver.  He was born and raised on the Third Mesa in Hopi, Arizona in 1956.   He’s been carving for over 20 years after learning the art from his father, Chester.  This talent has been passed down for generations.  Bennett is from the Corn Clan, whose job is to provide the food for the tribe.  “It’s our job to help people out.  When people come over, we offer up food and feed everyone.”

   Bennett has two sons: Donald who has taken on the family tradition and is carving Kachina dolls himself, and Anthony who is a businessman.  Bennett’s wife Deborah has a good eye herself and provides her input into the carvings, of which Bennett is grateful for because he says “It keeps me stronger.”  The two of them enjoy each other’s company while he’s  carving.  Bennett also enjoys making Kachina dolls for his three nieces following the traditional Hopi dances that take place.  He finds his inspiration in keeping the tradition alive for his young nieces and the generations to come.

   Bennett has a keen eye for detail when carving.  If he has enough time, he can carefully carve a Kachina doll out of one single piece of Cottonwood root.  He strives to reach this goal, and has accomplished this with most of his pieces.  One doll can take about a week’s worth of work to complete.  One of the most arduous tasks is the sanding process at the end.

    In his spare time, Bennett likes to take his wife Deborah to Flagstaff for some fun out on the town.  Bennett and Deborah are a sweet couple who have a great sense of humor!

Sizing

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

6.75" - 7"

Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.

Buckles

Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.