The Brazos

The Brazos

This is a pouch set that I made for a friend whose ancestors went to Texas. It incorporates the Texas star, a nice early trade knife, an original antique horn, and a powder measure fashioned from a prong horn antler tip. You can see more details of this set here: http://contemporarymakers.blogspot.com/search?q=texas
and please contact me at : huntingpouch@gmail.com if you'd like to order something similar.
tc

Oh What Tangled Webs They Weave

Oh What Tangled Webs They Weave

Oh What Tangled Webs They Weave When Signs Of Progress We Perceive....Just last summer, looking like some giant industrial spiders web, all of these power lines and steel stringing cables were part of the construction of new sub station up the road. Though I hated the intrusion, at the time I just supposed we needed the upgrade since the old power lines and poles were pretty ancient and now and then the power would blink or go out during a storm. I even thought that once they were done it might be a good thing. Looking back now, I sure wish that was all it had been.

Hard Times and Hardware

Hard Times and Hardware

A hardware and a barbershop. Keeping things up and running good, and trying to keep up appearances is still important enough to keep the doors opened at these two small town businesses here along the Illinois River. I think it's great they are there, and hope they last forever. You can bet stepping through those doors is a whole lot different than the modern Walmart experience, in fact, I bet even on Black Friday, if it was crowded there at Frank's a fellow shopper would have held the door opened for you and politely let you in first.

Old Style

Old Style

Sometimes an old sign sticking up in the middle of no where kind of tells a story. Or maybe asks a question.
What was here...when...what happened...where are they now? Out in the middle of nowhere, this wheathered old sign along the road side near the river is like that. The tavern out in the sticks is long gone now, but this sign still hangs there where it used to be. Im sure it evokes long forgotten memories for some, and a deep sense of mystery for others. What a great sign.

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity shop still exists. This is where I found the old duck decoy that I need for my next River Series pouch.

Dining with Character Along the Illinois River

Dining with Character Along the Illinois River

This little joint just says it all. This neat little BBQ and pulled pork joint is located along the Illinois river near Sparland. It doesnt get any better than this. The portable grill and smoker is right out front and the neon "Tamales" sign invites passers by to stop by and grab a bite to eat. You wont find places like this in the big towns or cities, but here along the Illinois river little road side cafes like "Millie's Tamales" are alive and seem to be doing well.

Smoke Stacks above the Illinois River

Smoke Stacks above the Illinois River

Like phantoms from the past, smoke stacks from an old paddle wheeler stick up above the banks of the Illinois river down river from Chillicothe. Bonnie and I went in search of old decoys along the Illinois river today. I need one for the next bag in my river series that will be called the "Illinois". Its a restored old canvas market hunters bag. Along the way we saw so much neat stuff, and were happy to realize that there is still plenty of character left along the river.

Blackpowder Magazine .com

You need to follow this link and see what Larry Pletcher is doing to help get the word out about the upcoming CLA auction.
http://www.blackpowdermag.com/cla-articles/index.php.
Look for the "CLA Article " prompt at the top of the page...
tc

Folllow this link.

http://contemporarymakers.blogspot.com/search/label/2012%20CLA%20Live%20...

The auction campaign for the upcoming CLA auction is flying along...click on the link above to see whats been posted on the Contemporary Makers Blog for us so far... Im sure you will enjoy seeing it all as much as we are having fun bring it all to you...
TC

CLA 2012 Live Auction

CLA 2012 Live Auction

Check out the new CLA web site for information about the upcoming live auction. And look for this banner
on the Contemporary Makers Blog : http://contemporarymakers.blogspot.com/
for stories and full color images about this years contributing artists and their projects.
It's going to be one of the best live auctions ever.

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