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    "Tactical" Flintlock Pistol w/NiteLite

    Intriguing to say the least - curious about the back story, maybe it was made for the Culper Ring Click for Link to Image and Article
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    Long rifle hard case

    Just a heads up that for those desiring a long rifle hard case Crazy Crow is now offering them that will fit a gun up to 72" long - it's item #4663-040-001...
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    A Frontier still life...

    In 50 years of building knives and hawks this is the first spike hawk I've ever done, but now that I've got the bug so to speak it won't be the last. This one is in fact a three way collaboration: 1) The iron head with steel bit was forged by mi compadre, the late Gib Guignard 2) The spike...
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    A trio of sheaths...

    An early (1820-1840) Cheyenne style - the rawhide covered and carved body tucks under the belt and the pound beaded flap goes over the top to keep it from slipping down - the two thongs can then be tied to the belt or as an alternative can be laced through the flap to form a belt loop. The...
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    Bear jawbone Dag

    Bear jawbone grip with cable Damascus blade and Southern Cheyenne style sheath...... it's designed to be worn on a bandoleer which isn't finished yet........
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    Quiver & Bow case

    This is a pre-1850 quiver and bow case made of heavy brain tanned elk with early Cheyenne style pound bead work. Other deco includes fringe, brass beads, tin cones, horse and human hair. The base of the quiver is made of 5/16" thick neck hide the arrow points from dulling with an outer cover of...
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    A themed set of frontier goods

    The idea behind this set of goods, was to take a whiteman made item and deco it up Indian and/or Metis style - a not an untypical mixture of cultures/goods during the 1850''s period. The first piece was a circa Mexican loop style knife sheath for a small antler handled Bowie with an antler grip...
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    Upper Missouri Warhawk

    This style tomahawk was widely used during the very early 1800's by several tribes living along the upper Missouri River including the Mandan and Hidatsa. The Lewis & Clark expediton records include and early description. The blacksmith of the expedition was kept busy during the winter spent...
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    A weaponized camp axe

    My late friend and collaborator, Gib Guignard, forged this fine little camp axe for me many moons ago from a hammer head. I used it frequently as shop axe for rough shaping as well as for routine camp chores. Unfortunately due to the wages of time on my poor old bod, I set it aside until one day...
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    A Stike-a-light pouch and striker

    A circa 1830's striker pouch in the style of the Kiowa - braintan with white, brown, and cranberry pound beads - brass beads on the strap with a pewter button closure. The striker is one I forged many, many moons ago...
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    Vinegar black or how to...

    stain veg/bark tan leather in a period correct manner.... Folks who read Wick Ellerbe's thread on his PC English Scalper were asking about using this process so here's some more info... Vinegar black aka vinegaroon goes back to at least the Ancient Romans and is IMO the best black stain for...
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    Pipe Tomahawk – a Work in Progress

    The following is a series of images and explanations on some of the materials and methods I use for building a smoak axe aka pipe tomahawk. The late 18th/early 19th century English style head was forged for me by Stuart Willis of www.swillis.forge.com. This is the second head I’ve had made by...
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    Sublette-Beale J & S Hawken article

    For those interested in rifles by original Hawken Brothers, here's a link to a fine article on an 1840's era J & S Hawken with some interesting features including: an early version of the slant breech, 38 3/8" long swamped barrel, oval patchbox, and single set trigger - article has some good...
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    Reader's Guide to The Mountain Men of the American West

    A great list of material for those interested in the Rocky Mtn Fur Trade - thanks to Mr Wier!!! http://home.earthlink.net/~swier/FurTrade.html some of those listed are available online at the xmission site http://www.xmission.com/~drudy/amm.html others may be available Google Books or other...
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    Bear Jawbone knife & sheath

    A bear jawbone knife as used by the various Bear Societies of several Northern Plains tribes. This one is patterened after those circa 1850's and has a Plains Cree/Red River Metis style sheath with all the bells (literally!) and whistles......
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    A Southern Plains Sheath & Scalper

    This one is a late 1840's-early 1850's Southern Plains style scalper and pound beaded brain tan over a rawhide liner sheath with twisted fringe - it was inspired by three original sheaths and several original SW trade scalper.
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    1830's Shooting bag & accoutrements...

    I got me a Tom Stroh flintlock smoothbore ready to shoot and a flint Rocky Mtn rifle I'm building on, so after 36 years of packing the shooting bag and horn I made back in 1973, I figured it was time to retire the old ones and build me a new set......... The bag design, size, and decoration are...
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    Something different - thanks to NWTF Longhunter

    for those who might not recognize what it is - it's a quirt, a horseman's short whip - made from a deer leg (courtesy of NWTF Longhunter), with bark tan "poppers", a buffalo rawhide grip wrap, buffalo hair "fringe' at both ends of the grip, and a braintan elkhide wrist strap with a bit of...
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    A new smoak axe.......

    The head for this one was hand-forged by Stuart Willis www.swillisforge.com - I've worked with some fine smiths over the years and I can unequivocably say that if you are looking for a tomawhawk/pipehawk Stuart does a FANTASTIC! job .......... The rest is by me - an eastern axe goes west: a...
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    Texans - a couple of descriptions...

    Thought all you Texians would find these interesting...... From the Texan Immigrant (full title below with a link) - printed in 1840 - Col Edward Stiff: "Perhaps about 3,000 people are to be found at Houston....among them are not to exceed forty females. Here may be daily seen parties of...
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