John and Sandy Weber's Rattlesnake Craft Shop is one of those places you'll tell people about...and they'll think you got too much sun. Even folks who've lived in southern Arizona for years don't really believe it until they see it. There are really two parts to the place. When you first drive up, you'll see the outdoor museum. It's free...and fascinating. Literally thousands of items they've found in the desert are on display, often grouped into categories and collections. 19th century blacksmith shop? On the right. Muskets and old repeater rifles? On the left. Milk cans, bottles, miner's equipment, lanterns, helmets, toys, farm implements, branding irons, spurs, farm equipment, moonshine stills, laundry equipment, wagons, winches, wheels, weapons, churns, presses, adding machines, saws, hammers, and lots and lots of rocks. All on display. You can't buy any of the museum pieces, but you can take pictures. Bring your camera. Bring extra film.
The second part of the Weber place is a trailer filled to overflowing with everything you can imagine that could be made out of a dead rattlesnake. Wallets and hatbands abound, as do purses, sheaths, knives, bolo ties, holsters, cell-phone sleeves, belts, jewelry, money clips, golf-club covers, and an athletic cup. That's right, an athletic cup. John and Sandy catch the rattlers (legally), and use every part of it except the entrails to make something. That includes fangs, vertebrae, rattles, heads, meat (for jerky), and of course skins. Click on their website to see more about the place, including YouTube videos of news features broadcast about the Rattlesnake Craft Shop. You won't be sorry you visited. Really.