Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Mike Nesbitt reviewed this new book, published by the Museum of the Fur Trade, in the May/June 2011 issue. James Hanson is the author. Firearms of the Fur Trade is volume one in The Encyclopedia of Trade Goods. It has 583 pages and is hardcover. You can contact the Museum of the Fur Trade at www.furtrade.org.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
These straps are hand woven by Lynn Blevens, The Weaving Welshman from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The top photo shows a cotton strap on the left and two cotton/wool blend straps on the right. The bottom photo shows a narrower waxed cotton strap designed specifically for powder horns. These were reviewed in the May/June 2011 issue. Contact Lynn Blevens at www.theweavingwelshman.com.
The powder horn shown here (made by Mark Ewing) was reviewed in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue. Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
We received the following note, and the photo above, from long-time subscriber, Steve Watts:
"Just a note from someone you don't know, but who, like many, has been influenced by your work. Many thanks for the years, the efforts and the publications that have been so useful to those of us who seek to interpret the past."
Thank you, Steve, for your loyalty and support.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This flint wallet was sent to me by Scott Shea. Scott's work has been featured in MUZZLELOADER ("Prime Possibles" Sept/Oct 2010) and on this blog (Aug. 25, 2010). This wallet features pockets for 2 spare flints and a hand-forged tool with turnscrews and a pick. To see more of Scott's work, visit www.scottshearifles.com.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
"For the Bookshelf" in the Mar/Apr issue featured this excellent book by Gary Yee. He also had an article entitled "Sharpshooters to the Top! Small Arms Marksmanship in the Age of Sail" in the Mar/Apr issue. Gary is an arms curator, former firearms instructor and enjoys building longrifles and accoutrements. Order online at www.sharpshooterpress.com.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
I reviewed Dave Krill's traveling watch hutch in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue. Made of curly maple, this hutch protects your watch while traveling and displays it in camp or at home. You can contact Dave at 970-835-8871 or view his wares online at www.teacaddy.biz.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
This combination worm and ball puller appeared in the Jan/Feb 2011 "Prime Possibles." Larry Callahan, one of the "Missouri Boys," makes these by hand. They're available with either 8–32 or 10–32 threads and can be fashioned for most any caliber you desire. To order, you need to call Larry at 636-475-7444. If he doesn't answer, leave a message, and he will call you back.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I apologize for not keeping my blog up to date. Back toward the end of hunting season, I got busy, the Christmas season came upon us, end-of-the-year stuff the January issue of American Tradition for the CLA, etc. I got out of the habit of posting for awhile.
At this point, I'm picking up with the Jan/Feb 2011 issue and the "Smoke Signals" section. There was a young man pictured there who must be pretty tough. Take a look at the picture of Sean Lang, standing in the snow, preparing to shoot his flintlock during the Independent Mountain Men of Pennsylvania winter shoot in February 2010. His dad, Jerry, is right to be proud.