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Sticks and stones make up Tatum collection When Toby Tatum returned to Izard County he reconnected with his love of nature. After 23 years in the Air Force, the retired aircraft mechanic crew chief, found himself back at Wildflower, his childhood home. Until now, Toby had found himself in a fast-paced life and wasn't quite sure what he was going to do with himself as he settled back into rural living. Ironically, it was a his later mother, Billy Joe Tatum, who showed him. "After I moved back home I found this dream catcher Mom had made and I thought it was kind of cool," Toby said. The dream catcher had always hung over his parent's bed and he said he decided to use it as a prototype. Using vines and feathers he came up with his own creations. Once he began marketing them, he said people would commission him to make custom ones by incorporating items that were important to them. Creativity has always run in his family. While his mother had her own notoriety with her knowledge of outdoor herbs, his father, now a retired doctor, had a passion for tumbling rocks. Toby said his dad casually mentioned he would like some grit so they could get the old tumbler out and polish up some stones. The nearby river and creeks provided an array of stones which in turn led to a jewelry collection: Charmed in the Ozarks, Elegant Earth and Hurricane Creek. Toby said he first started marketing the dreamcatchers and jewelry on his social media site and now attends various fairs and festivals where he has introduced his collections. He plans to have a booth at Beanfest in Mountain View and at Harvest Fest in Little Rock at the upcoming festivals.