January 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 1
| Feature Story|
By James H Nottage The White Masked Bandit
I remember him clearly, an older gray haired man, slender with the kind of wind-worn face common to men who labored to make a living in the Wyoming of cowboys and railroaders. These were the men who scraped out a living in this often unforgiving land. Some of my earliest memories as a child come from listening to this man chat with my father while I sipped a grape soda. He operated tourist cabins on the east edge of Laramie and my father delivered Sinclair gasoline to his adjacent gas station.
As an avid fan of Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers, I was all about Wild West shoot outs, galloping horses, and the scenarios of the fictional 1950s Westerns. Imagine the fascination of learning that the scars on the man's left hand were from a bullet wound earned in a shooting following a train robbery gone bad! That certain difference between the mythical West of television and movies and the real West of Wyoming was clear and evident to my young imagination.
|Featured Photo by Myron Beck|
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. www.myronbeck.com
|Did You Know?|
A New Jersey man named John Batterson Stetson
first designed the cowboy hat we have come to know today in the 1860s. Stetson, in Central City, Colorado for health reasons, saw a market for a broad brimmed hat for ranch wear. He opened a shop in Philadelphia and began designing hats under the Stetson name in 1865. By 1906 Stetson employed approximately 3,500 workers, turning out two million hats a year.2. Silver Print
is a generic term referring to all prints made on paper coated with silver salts. Most contemporary black and white photographs are silver prints.3.
A New Mexico Pueblo, Cochiti
, is famous for figurative clay work.
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| Linda's Feed Bag|
If you are heading to High Noon's Show & Auction in Mesa, AZ and need a quick bite to send you on your way, try this recipe from the Bice Family in Colorado:
Real Easy COWBOY SLOPPY JOE
My mother gave me this recipe over 53 years ago at a wedding shower held before I married my cowboy. - Maril Bice
1 lb of hamburger, 93% is good
1/2 of a green pepper, diced
1/2 of an onion, diced
3 or more garlic buds, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can of Tomato Soup, and over 1/2 of a can of water
1 can of chili beans if desired
Brown the green pepper, onion and garlic in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes, and then add the hamburger. Brown and break it up with a wooden spoon, and add the soup and water. Next add salt and pepper, as much chili powder as you like, and stir and taste. If it needs more seasoning, be my guest!! If you want to have it feed even more people, add the can of chili beans. This is delicious and so easy to prepare, and tastes great over hamburger buns with added fresh chopped onion on top!
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.
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| Bits & Pieces|
High Noon 2011
Are you asking yourself these questions...
Where can I pick up my dealer packet?
Can I pay my balance with a credit card?
Where should I load in at the show?
Where should I park?
Do I have to pay for parking?
What are the dealer hours at the show?
When does the public come in?
What's the name of the hotel across from the show?
Can I make a room reservation on-line?
Will there be porters to help me load in & load out?
Can I bring my own food to the show?
The answers to all of your questions can be found on your 2011 dealer information sheet
. It was included in your original contract packet, and then just recently mailed to you in your Contract Confirmation Packet.Contract Confirmation Packets
CC packets were mailed last Tuesday, January 4th, via the US Mail. If you haven't received yours by the 14th, please let me know & I'll email you a copy of everything in your packet.Tax Forms
If you haven't sent in your tax forms, please call or email Peggy from the State and/or Brenda from the City of Mesa immediately. You must have the appropriate forms & fees sent in prior to set-up day of the show (Friday, January 28). All tax information can be found in your dealer information sheet
. Dealer Packet Pick-Up in Mesa
Remember, you can pick up your dealer packets on Thursday, January 27th at the hotel (same place as last year) from 3pm - 7pm, or Friday, January 28th (dealer set-up day), beginning at 8am in Lobby C (same as last year). See your dealer information sheet for all the details.
As always, your dealer badges will be in your packet. The front of your badge has your name & your exhibitor space address; the back of your badge has your dealer hours as well as the public hours posted there for you. Please make sure you're wearing your badge at all times.
An invitation to the dealer party (who, what, where) will be in your dealer packets. The party will begin @ 6pm Friday night.
Now, I just have one question for you...Are you ready to party?
See you soon!T
| Collector News|
Check out the
Did you know that High Noon has a very comprehensive RESOURCE DATABASE of the ARTISTS and CRAFTSMEN who have been featured in our auctions? And they can be found on our website FREE for EVERYONE to use? It features brief BIOGRAPHIES and TIDBITS of information about these talented and important individuals and companies. It's our version of "Western Wikipedia"!
And, in the style of Wikipedia, this is EVERYONE'S database! We want to know of any corrections, additions or deletions that need to be made. It's a High Noon family effort and we welcome your input!
Email us and we'll even give you credit for your submission if you want!
Check it out: www.highnoon.com/hnartistbios.htm
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Mesa Arizona: Party News|
| Dealer Spotlight|
Larry W Carpenter
The home page of Larry Carpenter's website says it all in just a few words, "I'm always in the mood to buy guns." And Larry's been in the mood since he was a young boy growing up in eastern Tennessee.
As a young boy, a neighbor of his family was a gun collector. Larry took to antique guns like a fish to water and his neighbor took him under his wing, educating him, taking young Larry to shows, mentoring him and fueling his passion for what would become his life-long career.
Larry then knew what he wanted to do. He graduated high school, did a stint in the military then graduated college in 1976. Within a year, he had opened his own gun shop in Kingsport (TN) called Lock, Stock & Barrel. Could he have called it a better name?
His true passion always ran to the antique guns like Winchesters and the real cowboy guns. He kept Lock, Stock & Barrel for 20 years until he decided to close the shop and focus entirely on buying, selling and trading the finest antique firearms at shows across the country.
"It's a close knit family of collectors in this business. And, even through this recession, the value of fine antique firearms hasn't diminished, but rather keeps increasing. This says a lot about our appreciation for history and fine craftsmanship," commented Larry.
He has also seen a solid increase in values over the last 20 years. "Oh boy, sometimes I wish I hadn't sold a couple of the guns I did, when I did," he says. They'd be worth a whole lot more now." There are still a few in his personal collection he is slow to part with. "That's my retirement bank account."
Today, he and his girlfriend of 12 years travel the country, selling at shows in their motor home, which they really bought for their dogs. "It's all about the babies," he admits. While Virginia is their home, their life is on the road buying, selling and trading what he loves the most and spent a life doing. "I have customers that want to buy the best, so I have to keep looking. And I need to keep that motor home going for those babies."
Larry began doing the High Noon Show the first year it opened in Mesa and has been part of our family ever since. He'll be there this month, looking to buy so he can sell to keep that motor home running...
Larry W Carpenter
| Roaming Range Reporter|
How I Remember Ray PohjaBy Tad S Mizwa
Much like young Ray Pohja entering the Porter saddle shop and meeting Lowell Jett who gave him encouragement, Ray became my Lowell Jett and much more...over a 63 year friendship.
I too snuck into the Porter shop, drawn to the tap-tap-tap from the stamping benches. There sat Ray, munching an apple at lunchtime, studying a saddle skirt flower pattern he'd just cut. I was 19 years old, green as grass, but I could see that Ray, just 24 himself, was the best one there. One Saturday morning, Ray cut an all-knife scroll design and gave it to me to study. I used that same design on two black belts I made 50 years later, for then-Governor and Mrs George W Bush. The President referred to this as his lucky belt
Photo: Ray Pohja, left, and Rex Allen, right. Ray stamped a saddle for Rex while working for San Fernando Saddlery. Photo courtesy of Tad Mizwah
When I had a tiny Western store/saddlery in Houston, Ray made belts plus three saddles for me to sell. More than that, I would write to him asking how this or that procedure was done. He wrote detailed instructions-dozens and dozens of letters, sketches, design rub-offs and flower tapoffs. Ray sold me dozens of stamping tools and tips on how to use them.
Some years ago, Ray lent me his sketch-book
of design ideas, for me to study. Some of these were so complicated, with cross-overs, cross-unders and inter-locking elements, that my eyes could scarcely follow the zigging and zagging. It was like following the movements of a bowl of spaghetti. Yet the major design elements, the flowers and the large leaves were very much balanced. Ray had an uncanny ability to SEE A DESIGN AS A WHOLE, in its entirety, a startling gift if there ever was one.
So long, Ray. I will always be grateful for the ways that you inspired my leatherwork and for your friendship all these years. Tad S Mizwa
Leona, Texas TadSMizwa@aol.com
| and Furthermore...|
|This month we present cowboy poetry by amy elizabeth...Cowboy Nick
First time I got throwed from a young colt's back,
I blamed that horse instead of the skill I lacked.
My face was still in the dirt when an ol' cowboy callin' himself Nick,
Extended his hand an' said, "Son, a good horse ain't never made quick.
There's one thing you ain't learned that's an absolute must,
The first rule of any partnership is based on trust."
I leaned on his wisdom till he died on that ranch,
The ol' timer was a champ, havin' my respect, root an' branch.
He may be gone, but I still hear his voice from somewhere yonders,
Roustin' correctness an' givin' me hell for my thinkin' that wanders.
That was a long time ago when I stood tall an' straight,
Just cowboyin' fer the buckle before it was too late.
I aimed for the top, makin' it a time or two,
With one regret, cowboy Nick never even knew.
Can't much explain it, but I have a feelin'...
You see, cowboys are like them fences gone to leanin'.
Once they're too weak an' knocked to the ground,
They drift into history where legends are found.
Good horses ain't made quick is rightly so,
But there's one thing else every cowboy knows.
There's a star lit trail when the moon is ridin' high,
To a cowboy gatherin' where the fallen never die.
amy elizabeth ©email@example.com://rae-welcomefriends.blogspot.com/
Stories of the Old West were an inspirational tool in my early cowboy poetry. Born in Chicago, Illinois, horses were sparse and cowboys few - but if there's a will there's a cowboy way. Today, home is on a small ranch in Arizona where horses are plentiful and cowboys are an arm's length away. I'm currently at work on a Western Romance Novel, and I just completed my first book of Western Folk Poetry. Sometimes you have to grab life by the reins, put weight in the stirrups, sit deep, and chance every mountain no matter how steep.
- amy elizabeth
| Upcoming Events|
|January 21-22, 2011 22nd Annual Colorado Cowboy Gathering
Denver, COJanuary 22, 2011 History of Stagecoaches to Gypsy Wagons - Doug Hansen
Santa Barbara, CAJanuary 24-29, 2011 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Elko, NVJanuary 26, 2011
Western Collectible Show Prescott, AZJanuary 27, 2011 NBSSCA Board Meeting
Mesa, ZAJanuary 29-30, 2011 High Noon Western Americana Event
Mesa, AZFebruary 3-6, 2011 3rd Annual Texas Crossroads Cowboy Gathering
Van Horn, TXFebruary 3-20, 2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
San Antonio, TXFebruary 10-13, 2011 63rd Annual Gold Rush Days
Wickenburg, AZFebruary 15-18, 2011 (TCAA) Steel Engraving for Bit & Spur Makers Workshop
Oklahoma City, OKFebruary 18-20, 2011 Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering
Ellensburg, WAFebruary 19-20, 2011 Tucson Rodeo & Parade
Tucson, AZFebruary 19-27, 2011 La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo
Tucson, AZFebruary 24-27, 2011 Saddle UP!
Pigeon Forge, TNFebruary 25-27, 2011 25th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Alpine, TXMarch 10-13, 2011 8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
Cartersville, GAMarch 19-20, 2011 Antiques, Objects and Art in LA
Glendale, CAMarch 24-27, 2011 Palm Springs WestFest & Rodeo
Palm Springs, CAApril 27-May 1, 2011 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Santa Clarita, CAApril 28-30, 2011 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
Albuquerque, NMApril 29-May 1, 2011 Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival
Santa Maria, CAApril 29-September 15, 2011 Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation
Cody, WYMay 6-8, 2011 DesignAmerica-Texas
Grapevine, TXJune 3-5, 2011 Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival
Oklahoma City, OKJune 24-26, 2011 Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction
Denver, COAugust 5-7, 2011 Great Southwest Antique Show
Albuquerque, NMAugust 11-13, 2011 Antique Ethnographic Art Show
Santa Fe, NMAugust 12-21, 2011 Objects of Art Antique Show
Santa Fe, NMAugust 14-16, 2011 Antique Indian Art Show
Santa Fe, NMSeptember 20-23, 2011 Bit Making: Form & Function Workshop
(TCAA) Oklahoma City, OK
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