Masterpieces of a Sheller

Masterpieces of a Sheller

This week I took out a longtime shelling client to Cayo Costa Island. Her family has been shell collecting with me for over 10 years. She is a selective sheller and has produced some excellent shell art from some of her shell collecting. She has an amazing eye for finding the color of the shell for her art piece. Her work shows the longevity and time it takes to complete the work she enjoys and is pleasing to any sheller’s eye. The great enjoyment of being a guide, is meeting people and discovering what they do with their treasures. The pictures here tell the story of her shelling treasures.


Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

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