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Bison Robes – warmth and beauty

In a few posts, I have highlighted bison robes that I have painted (one, two, three).  I have decided that it might be nice to show a bit more information, or at least some images, of original robes.   As I have mentioned in the past, bison were here in Wisconsin historically, and both natives and canadiens here in Wisconsin were using bison hides for bedding and warmth.  Looking a little further south, a friend posted a...

More buffalo robe painting

And I am painting again.  A bit over a year ago, I received the gift of a raw bison hide from my friends Chris and Carol Cheney.  Chris had recently returned from Ft. Belknap, MT and had been bison hunting again.   Having, over the years, shot somewhere over a dozen bison, I had mentioned that if he was full on robes, I would be happy to take a hide off his hands.   I fleshed and dried the hide.  I then used the the back...

What they had: some reflections

While taking a “break from reenacting” yet still engaging myself fully in the history I love, I have been thinking about a lot of things.  Many of these deal with reenactments,  reenactors, reenacting, and life in general.  After much thought and reflection, I feel that there is something worthy of sharing and perhaps further discussing with those who care to take up this discussion. In the “reenacting...