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Archery – Bows and Arrows

Since I was a young child, I have loved archery.  I remember watching my parents shoot bow (my mom even bow-hunted and shot a doe one year), and I would pretend while watching them.  I often would make my own bows from box-elder branches and string from feed bags.   As I got older (about 5), I took some hard earned money and bought my first bow.   I have been shooting bow for most of my life; and when I was 18, I...

Tattoos and another JOTEA article

Just an FYI to those that follow my website and blog…  I recently updated my research and projects page.  It now includes the latest version of my slideshow on tattoos in the fur trade.  I also added an MS Word file that has notes that accompany these slides. On another note, I recently submitted another article to the Journal of the Early Americas.  This article is a vamped up version of my blog posting on stone...

Quillwork on a loom

I have been home sick today with a horribly nasty crud, so I figured I would sit and finish this strip of loomed porcupine quills. It is not spectacular but it was a good learning experience. Overall I am pleased but not sure if this is what I want for the bag I am making. It was supposed to be a different pattern, but when I messed part of it up, I just kept going with it instead of throwing it out. I also know a number of...

Spring, supposedly…

It is an interesting spring we are having.  Temps have been very low and precipitation has been high (and ranging from snow to freezing rain and back).  I had no spring beaver trap-line since weather was cold enough that there was still ice on the rivers and creeks when season ended.  Meanwhile, the sap has been running a bit, and maple sugaring has been a bit better than trapping at least. I woke up this morning seeing...