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Summary Comments on the Works of Alfred Jacob Miller.

In studying the artwork of Miller, I have seen many wonderful references to the material culture of the Rocky Mountain fur trade.  I will use his artwork and notes to develop and justify many of the items I use in … Continue reading

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A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing!

Human nature can be very irritating.  It seems when we learn a little something about a subject all of a sudden we become experts!  These “experts” not only will tell you what they have learned about a subject (usually without you even asking them), … Continue reading

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Observations on Miller

The following comments are based on the sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller as found in the Parke-Bernet Galleries sale book from 1966. #1 – Antoine Clement had a white dog with lop ears.  His leather shirt has long fringe and Indian quill … Continue reading

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Bent’s Fort Christmas Celebration

We had a great time at Bent’s this Christmas.  I worked the carpenter’s shop during the day and stood guard duty on the front gate at night.  We had some weather Friday night and Saturday, then it cleared off to … Continue reading

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We All Came From Somewhere.

During an online chat about authentic clothing and gear, a friend of mine made a comment about your back story being an influence on your preferences for the type & style of the clothing and gear you use as a … Continue reading

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My first “Buckskins”

In 1977 I went down to the Berman Buckskin warehouse on Hennipen Ave in Minneapolis, Mn and bought some split cowhide.  I took it home and made a fringed hunting shirt and some leggings.  Here is the shirt/jacket.  Mom brought … Continue reading

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Claddagh ring

  I wear a silver ring at Rendevous.  It is of ancient Irish design and it is a replica of a North American fur trade artifact.  My ring looks like this:   An original symbol of the “Fisher Kings” of … Continue reading

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