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August, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 7
In This Issue
Feature Story: Spur Identification - Are They Old or New?
Featured Photo: Pictorial view of Western Americana....featuring Myron Beck
Collector News: Antiques are Green
Did You Know?: Tidbits, Trivia and Terminology
The Feed Bag: Roy Rogers Lemon Meringue Pie
In the News: The fight to be seen as green continues...
Our Inner Cowgirl: Lisa Skyhorse of Skyhorse Saddle Company.
Dealer Spotlight: This month, High Noon investigates John Upton Holden...aka Dirty Hats John
Who's Who at High Noon: A little insight into who makes High Noon happen
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story

Bill Heisman
Spur Identification
Are They Old or New?

by Bill Heisman

I have been building and collecting saddles, spurs and bits since the early 1970s and have been a full-time bit and spur maker since 1988. Most of my work involves the more intricate and ornate California style of bits and spurs. In the past I have done restoration on higher quality pieces for a few collectors and have also worked as a consultant for both entry level collectors and advanced collectors culling their collections. Research has been a passion of mine ever since purchasing Bill Mackin's Old West Collectibles book back in 1979, accumulating a large and comprehensive resource library. However, hands-on restoration, not books have taught me how to differentiate between old and news spurs of comparable styles.

Featured Photo by Myron Beck

Myron Beck Cowboy Photograph
Through his photos, award winning photographer Myron Beck (Los Angeles, CA) inspires us to dream and embrace the beauty that surrounds us in the people we see, the environments in which we thrive and the diverse cultures that enrich our lives.

Collector News

Antiques are Green

By John Fiske, Editor-in-Chief, New England Antiques Journal

As a business, we are much better at selling antiques to existing collectors than we are at attracting new buyers to the business. To achieve this, we need advertising that is not designed to sell specific antiques, but that is aimed at getting people to incorporate antiques into their existing lifestyle. There's one easy way to do it, staring us in the face - antiques are green. Everyone knows that they are, but "greenness" is not what comes first to most peoples' minds when they think about antiques...

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Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls!

High Noon celebrates 20 years - join the fun!

If you have any photo(s) of yourself or your friends from the last 20 years taken at one of our High Noon shows, please send it on to us.  Show us how young you were or how much dark hair, actually how much more hair you had! Mail them (and we will scan and return to you) or email us at info@highnoon.com (4x6, 300 dpi, jpg). Be a part of our 20 years of memories!!!!.

Did You Know?
  1. Liquid Silver is a type of necklace or bracelet constructed of very thin, fine, small, silver cylinders, originally strung on catgut, now strung on fine wire.
  2. Though the term "Stick 'em Up" is widely used in Western films, it wasn't actually coined until the 1930s.
  3. A positive printing process using egg whites in the emulsion is called an Albumen Print.
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Bit & Spur Maker

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The Feed Bag
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Roy Rogers Lemon Meringue Pie

Dusty Rogers (Roy Rogers Jr.) enjoyed the Margarita pie recipe so much last month that he made it for his entire museum staff! One word of advice from him, "When making the recipe, you may want to sample the ingredients as you go. Tasting the tequila with every step makes it more fun!"

It inspired him to share the recipe that brought his parents together. The story goes that Roy was performing in Ohio when an attractive fan offered to feed him and his singing group her mother's Lemon Meringue Pie. Pie lead to dinner, dinner to courting, courting to history being made!!!!!  

Please enjoy The Pie That Won Roy's Heart!

1 cup sugar
4 Tb flour
1 cup water
3 eggs, separated
Few grains salt
1 lemon, grated rind and juice
1 Tb margarine
1 baked pie shell

Combine sugar and flour. Add a little of the water: mix smooth. Add beaten egg yolks. Add remaining water. Cook over hot water stirring constantly until thick. Cover; cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat; add salt, grated lemon rind and juice, and margarine. Mix well. Cool slightly. Pour into baked (9-inch) pastry shell. Make a meringue of beaten egg whites and six tablespoons of sugar. Swirl on pie. Bake in moderately slow oven at 325 F for 20 minutes. Cool. Serve and win the hearts of your loved ones!  

Thanks, Dusty!


Help us "Put on the Feed Bag!" Appetize us with your favorite cowboy cuisine. Send us a recipe or culinary creation - keeping the traditions of the American West alive is about the great food too! From ribs to rhubarb, campfire food to a great bowl of chili - we Wild West epicureans want to know.
Submissions welcome at SmokeSignals@highnoon.com.

In The News

Jayne SkeffThe fight to be "seen as green" continues

By Jayne Skeff

In this week's issue of the UK's Antiques Trade Gazette (www.antiquestradegazette.com) there was a wonderful story about how the whole field of antique restoration is joining the fight and specifically focused on how restorers will begin to play a more important role than ever in antiques being seen as green.

The opening paragraph read: "Antiques Are Green is the message being shouted from the rooftops by the industry in the UK this year. And as the public becomes increasingly aware of the quality bargains to be had at auction as a result, restorers will play a more important role than ever before." (Antiques Trade Gazette, July 25, 2009).

To that end, restorers in the UK have formed an organization whose acronyms R.A.R.E. (Recycle, Auction, Re-finish, End product) advocate for the benefits of buying at auction and then using restorers to bring out the best of their antiques purchases.

Sustainability and style go hand in hand as restorers work to be integrally involved in not just purchases at auction but tired pieces in your own homes, mirrors that need re-silvering... the list goes on and the cycle of recycle continues. And antiques just get greener and greener.

News on this side of the pond for the fight to be seen as green? The first show of its kind, the Revolutionary Green Meets Green Expo will debut in San Diego in January 2010. To be held at the San Diego County Fairgrounds, one exhibition hall will feature a large general line antiques show and the adjacent exhibition hall will feature the 21st century versions of green from autos to bamboo baby blankets. Old meets new in a cooperative effort to save our planet.

As antiquers, we are doing our part and have been for years. Just another reason to be very proud of what we do.

For those of you who are "LinkedIn" there is an international group of antiques dealers networked in this movement. The club on "LinkedIn" is called "Antiques Are Green". For information about becoming part of this "LinkedIn" organization, please email me at jayne@highnoon.com

If you are not a member of LinkedIn, getting networked is free at www.linkedin.com

Consignments Wanted

High Noon Western Americana Auction is accepting high quality consignments for our January 30, 2010 Auction. We already have an exciting line-up of material, including dynamic pieces from the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum. January will be here before you know it!  

Come visit us in Santa Fe:
August 14-16, 2009   Whitehawk's Ethnographic Art Show   Santa Fe, NM
August 17-19, 2009   Whitehawk's Antique Indian Art Show   Santa Fe, NM

Or email us photos of your treasures:

Our Inner Cowgirl

This month, Smoke Signals is honored to "sit in the saddle" with...
 Lisa Skyhorse
Lisa Skyhorse
Skyhorse Saddle Company,
Durango, Colorado

"It's so fun to be unique within the good old boys network," was Lisa's opening comment in our interview. Unique perhaps because she's a woman, but more likely unique because her passion, her artistry and integrity all go into each piece she creates - heirloom pieces that are built to ride.

"I feel so lucky that at a young age, just in my twenties, Skyhorse SaddleI discovered what it was I wanted to do - build the finest saddles. I was always artsy and as an art student at UCLA I began dabbling in leather as a medium and found I loved it. I began selling my pieces at street fairs (purses, belts, etc) which paid for my last two years of college."

Following graduation, Lisa moved to Northern California where she opened Sundance Leather Company and in short order, had 33 employees and a full manufacturing operation producing her purse and belt designs. One day she realized she had become a manager of a good-sized business and was no longer practicing the art she loved. She wanted to be an artist again. She spent the next two years apprenticing with a very traditional artisan saddlemaker. As she recalls, "When I finished the first saddle I ever made I knew this is what I wanted to do." And done it she has. As you're sitting at your computer reading this article, take a minute, open another window in your browser and go to www.skyhorse.com and just be blown away by the works of Lisa Skyhorse. Sometimes it's true, a picture is worth a thousand words... Sigh... it's one beautiful work after another. Okay, back to the story.

Along her way in life, in 1972, Lisa met husband Loren Skyhorse. A perfect match as Loren was the consummate horseman and quickly became as passionate about saddlemaking as she is. Coming from a long line of leather toolers, Loren works alongside Lisa today using tools that belonged to his grandfather. Together as a team they create works of art in saddlery.

Bits & Pieces

Photos of TheresaHigh Noon 2010 Dealer Update
from "T"

Dear High Noon Dealers,

I'm getting excited about our move to Mesa. The folks over there are easy to work with & have welcomed us back with open arms. What more could we ask for?

As I mentioned in the July issue, contracts are expected to go out the end of August. We are going to do something new this year...we're sending them out via email. Please make sure we have your current email address on file (info@highnoon.com).

If you do not have an email address, no worries, we will mail your contract the old-fashioned way - via the post office. If you've moved since last January, please call the office (310-202-9010) to make sure we have your current mailing address.

Dealers, please keep in mind our show space in Phoenix was massive, and Mesa is obviously a much smaller venue, therefore we have many more dealers than we have space for.

To help with this situation, we are no longer offering our large (24', 30' & 40') booths, and we're capping the number of tables you can reserve to two, with an option for more if available. We're going to make the best use of our space as possible, and get as many of you in as we can.

When you receive your contract, if you seriously want a space at the show, it's up to you, to get your contract & deposit in asap. No dillydallying! Do not wait for a follow-up phone call. We're going to operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seniority will take precedence only if your contract is in BEFORE or ON the day it's due. NO exceptions!

I will contact you if your contract comes in after we've reached full capacity, and you can tell me if you'd like me to hold on to your deposit & place you on the waiting list, or if you'd like me to return your deposit.

Dealer Set-up & Early Admission: Friday, January 29
Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday, January 30 & 31
Mesa Convention Center
263 N Center St., Mesa, AZ  85201

Auction Preview: Thursday, January 28 - Saturday, January 30
Auction: Saturday, January 30
Phoenix Marriott Mesa (Our host hotel)
Ask for the High Noon Rate: $109/$119 includes buffet breakfast
200 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ  85201
(888) 236-2427 or (480) 898-8300
http://www.marriott.com/phxmm    Enter group code: hnwhnwa

The Mesa Convention Center & the Phoenix Marriott Mesa are located directly next to each other. On foot you can easily walk from one building to the other.

FYI- The show entrance for the public will be located closest to the Palo Verde Ballroom. Bidder registration, auction preview & the auction will be held in the Arizona Ballroom (part of the Marriott), just across the walkway.

To see a map of the area & to check out our schedule of events, please go to our website: www.highnoon.com; find & hold the word "Show"; then click on "Dealer Information".

Please contact me at the High Noon office if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions: (310) 202-9010 or Theresa@highnoon.com.

We'll see you down the trail,

PS: If you're going to be in Santa Fe this month, and will be attending the Whitehawk shows, please stop by the High Noon booth for a visit.

Dealer Spotlight

John Upton HoldenJohn Upton Holden
aka Dirty Hats John

"It was about twenty years ago, I was at this show in Amarillo, TX and this girl came up to me. She had this look in her eye and in her very convincing way, you know how she can be, she asked me if I wanted to head up the membership committee for the NBSSCA. I didn't know anything about bits, spurs or saddles but there I was, agreeing to head up the membership committee for an organization I knew nothing about. That girl? That girl was Linda Kohn"...

Who's Who at High Noon

Each month, Smoke Signals will give a little insight into who makes High Noon happen.
This month we introduce you to Jayne Skeff, our public relations guru.

Jayne SkeffJayne Skeff
Chief Writer, Smoke Signals
Public Relations, High Noon

Ever down? Need a burst of sunshine or some optimism?  Go see Jayne!  She will give you the lift you need!  Jayne is High Noon's "voice" in the media.  Three years ago, she joined our team to help "tell our story" to you all, through our website, in the press and as Chief Writer for this emagazine, Smoke Signals.

Born and raised in cold Milwaukee, Jayne acquired the passion for the outdoors and California.  From skiing to mountain biking to outdoor exercise to marathons, she loves the wind in her hair and the mountains within view!  Obsessive about walking, she has run in the LA Marathon many times and finished!!!!!! Look for her most mornings and she is moving fast. She may have her cell phone in hand, but is usually outbound in the hills above Pasadena. Want to meet her 3 miles from home? She'll meet you there - she'll walk, thank you - then walk back home.

When she returns home, cooking is her passion. Spanish cuisine, Italian, you name it. Often you can find her in her kitchen, getting her hands dirty, creating new recipes. She loves having her guests keep her company while she prepares and is happy as long as everyone has a glass of wine in hand.

Jayne's college degrees are in child psychology. She loved the science all the way through the doctorate program, the neurology and behavior aspect, but she look a right turn when she married a young rising star with the New York Times. She became enamored with the energy, the smarts, and tenacity of the media world. It was infectious! Due to her husband's encouragement, she got a job the National Sports Daily (Los Angeles) in their West coast operation.  By the late 80's, with no experience, but with his support, she learned "on the job". An 18 month stint in Chicago gave her more training with "dailies" and the legendary Chicago Sun Times! Her second winter, while shoveling snow off her car with no one offering to help her, she decided to return to the California sun.

Off to San Francisco she ran (not literally, no marathons yet). Now partnering with her husband instead of being mentored, they began the first Western Antique paper, the Antique Journal in Northern California from the ground up: writing, advertising sales, production, ad design, paste-ups. Oh, and they actually drove around the Bay area delivering the papers! From Reno to the Gold Country to Sonora she drove. Five years of this experience got the attention of Antique Week (DNG World Media) who scooped her up to launch its own version of a Western antiques trade publication. That was enough! She had learned the art of public relations from the publishing point of view. But now she saw a future in it for herself from the other side! By 2003 she had gone off on her own this time, forming a public relations firm, JSLA Media!

Her first client was an auction house, then her second, then her third.  She seemed to be drawn to auctions and we're glad she was, because High Noon found her and she joined our team! The whole experience of being associated with High Noon has affected her life, she says. 4 years ago she knew nothing of the Western lifestyle. Today she says it has opened up a whole new dimension to her: people and the culture have expanded her vision of life and the world. "They enrichened me," she says of the people and artisans. "Oh and I love the jewelry - the earrings!" She dreams of living more of the culture - perhaps on a ranch some day so she can be outdoors ALL the time. It's better than eating cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair, she claims. We're happy to have you in our lives, Jayne. Thank you for all your work and words for Smoke Signals! Keep those articles and enthusiasm coming!

Jayne Skeff
JSLA Media

Upcoming Events
August 14-16, 2009   24th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Lewistown, MT
August 14-16, 2009   Whitehawk's Ethnographic Art Show   Santa Fe, NM
August 15-16, 2009  
Roasting Ears of Corn Native American Festival   Allentown Indian Museum, Allentown, PA
August 17, 2009  
Auction in Santa Fe   Santa Fe, NM
August 17-19, 2009
   Whitehawk's Antique Indian Art Show   Santa Fe, NM
August 26-29, 2009   2009 Western Legends Roundup   Kanab, UT
September 5-6, 2009  
Cheyenne Celebrates Americana Music Weekend   Cheyenne, WY
September 5-6, 2009  
Western & Native American Arts Festival   Sisters, OR
September 10-12, 2009
   Western Design Conference   Jackson Hole Wyoming (the Pavillion at Snow King Center)
September 10-13, 2009   National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration   Lubbock, TX
September 10-20, 2009  
25th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival   Jackson Hole, WY
September 11-12, 2009
   Quest for the West Art Show & Auction   Eiteljorg Museum
September 17-20, 2009   Will James Society Gathering   Hardin, MT
September 18-20, 2009   Rocky Mountain Horse Expo   Ignacio, CO
September 19, 2009   Boots 'N Bling Annual Benefit   Fort Worth, TX
September 22-26, 2009
  Cody High Style: Designing The West   Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY
September 25-26, 2009   21st Annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo   Medicine Lodge, KS
September 26, 2009  
Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibit and Sale   National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
October 2-25, 2009
   5th Annual Heart of the West Art Exhibition and Sale   National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
October 16-17, 2009   44th Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition & Sale   Phoenix Art Museum
October 16-18, 2009  
5th Annual Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off 2009   Badu Park, TX
November - December, 2009  
Gary Fillmore, Cormany Collection, Marjorie Reed   Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, OK
November 3-8, 2009
   15th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair   Heber City, UT
December 3-12, 2009   2009 Cowboy Christmas Gift Show   Las Vegas, NV
December 11, 12 & 13, 2009
   11th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Christmas Art & Gear Show   Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
January 30-31, 2010   20th Annual High Noon Show & Auction   Mesa, AZ
February 25-28th, 2010   10th Annual Saddle Up! (Western Musicians & Cowboy Poetry)   Pigeon Forge, TN
Continuous   Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum Authentic Western Cowboy Music   Branson, MO

Send event submissions to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com

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Chief Publisher: High Noon Western Americana
Chief Editor: Linda Kohn Sherwood
Chief Art Director: Robin Ireland, Ireland Graphic Design
Chief Graphic Designer: Curtis Hill, Art Direction Services
Chief Writer: Jayne Skeff, JSLA Media Solutions