Tag Archives: Mountain Man

Saddle bags

Recently, I built myself a set of saddle bags.  I patterned them on a picture I found of an old pair of bags.  They are simply called 18th century saddle bags.  I liked their look and decided to make some … Continue reading

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A Possibles Bag

Recently I made a possibles bag along the lines suggested by Rex Allen Norman. It is a canvas bag with a piece of rope.  The rope can be used to tie three sticks together as a tripod for cooking. Included … Continue reading

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My Camp Kitchen

I recently made this portmanteau and have turned it into my new camp kitchen.  It includes most of what I need for cooking at camps and events. My kitchen includes a Hudson’s Bay kettle with frying pan cover, a pint … Continue reading

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Gage d’ Amour

I made a new Gage d’ Amour for my pipe and tobacco.  I used some scraps of brain tanned leather and sewed it with a cotton thread.  I am going to leave it plain for now and may add some … Continue reading

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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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Mountain Man Axe

Recently I found a axe head that matches the axe head depicted in the “Mountain Man Sketchbook Vol 2.”  I found a straight handle 28″ long at House Handles and put together my own mountain man axe.

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The World Market of the Mountain Men

During another online chat about the clothing of the Rocky Mountain trapper, my friend Scott made a great comment about the world market of the American West: Scott:  “My only point about settlement clothing, and it’s just my two cents: Be careful … Continue reading

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Influences that made me want to be a Mountain Man.

Back during the Middle ages when I was an impressionable youth, several things came together to make me want to become a Mountain Man. When I was 12 years old I joined the Boy Scouts for the second time.(The first … Continue reading

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