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March 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 3
In This Issue
Feature Story: Indian Trade Blankets 101, by Barry Friedman
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Myron Beck
Linda's Feed Bag: Billy Bones BBQ Recipe for Three Steps to Tri-Tip
In the News: Fashion Blast! Fashion is peering into the Old West!
Our Inner Cowgirl: Rochelle Mendle Conwell and Mexican Silver
Roaming Range Reporter featuring Art & Ideas, by Mort Fleischer
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story
Indian Blanket PhotoIndian



By Barry Friedman

As I reminisce about all the comments I've heard over the years at the High Noon show, one observation clearly stands out. When asked what he thought about the caliber of dealers on hand, a very astute gentleman let his gaze sweep across the room and said, "This is the smartest group of unemployable people in the world."

He got that right. We're all authorities who question authority. Working for someone else? Unthinkable!  Nobody would hire us and we'd quit if they did. Most of us are so ornery we can barely stomach working for ourselves. We're all clearly out of control with zero chance of recuperating because we all share Wild West disease. This silent killer usually strikes when the victim is young and the next thing you know you're middle-aged and passionately talking about woolies, unraveled bayeta, pommel bags and slobber bars to anyone who will listen.

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Featured Photography by Myron Beck

Myron Beck photo of a cowboy leading his horse past a pond
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.


Did You Know?

1. The earliest established weaving style known to the Navajo, or Chief's, include three phases: First phase, simple horizontal stripes of blue, white, black and brown; Second phase, weavers added short red bars to the design; Third phase, most popular, more elaborate, with stepped triangles in addition to the stripes of the original.

2. Samuel Clemens, struck by silver fever, tried his hand at prospecting in the town of Unionville, Nevada in 1862. Having more luck in trading mining claims than actually producing silver, he wound up leaving the area. A short time later Clemens changed his name to Mark Twain and became one of the greatest writers of American Literature.

3. Tintype, also melainotype and ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enameling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion. Photographers usually worked outside at fairs, carnivals etc. and because the support of the tintype (there is no actual tin used) is resilient and does not need drying, photographs can be produced only a few minutes after taking the photograph.

If you have some interesting tidbits that you would like to share, send them to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com

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Linda's Feed Bag
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Billy Bones
BBQ Recipe for
Three Steps to Tri-Tip

Photo of Billy Bones
In Billy's words, Beef Tri Tip is part of the sirloin and treated like steak. It will deliver the great taste of the best steak ever.

Beef Tri-Tip
Sweet red wine
4 TB granulated garlic
2 TB granulated onion
2 TB crushed black pepper
2 TB kosher salt
Chibata bread
Olive oil
Crushed garlic

FIRST STEP - Marinate in a sweet red wine to which you have added granulated garlic, granulated onion, crushed black pepper, kosher salt.

Allow tips to marinate 24-48 hours. ReBottle of Billy's BBQ Saucemove from brine solution and smoke (in a smoker or in your bbq with the top closed) at approx 245 degrees for approx 2-1/2 hours or until internal temp reaches 120 degrees. Billy's tip: The meat can be cooked on a charcoal or gas grill or even in the kitchen oven as long as the internal temperature does not exceed 125/130 degrees, as the meat tends to lose its tenderness if overcooked.

SECOND STEP - Remove from smoker/grill and cool in an aluminum pan placed on ice. 

THIRD STEP - When ready to serve...simply slice thickness of a nickel and briefly touch to the surface of a hot charcoal fired grill. Toast chibata bread after brushing with olive oil and crushed garlic. Pile on the tip-trip and open a cool one.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

If you all like this recipe, Billy suggests you also serve his Jalapeno Apple Cole Slaw.

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Whisk until blended, and add:

1 cup chopped apple of your choice (green would be his choice)
3 TB of favorite (canned) chopped jalapenos
1 small head of cabbage
Chopped red cabbage, carrots and green pepper for color

Add the dressing. Mix and chill for one hour before serving

Thank you, Billy! Check out Billy's website and his W.E.Wall Catering, since 1976, in the lovely state of MICHIGAN or online at:


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.

Collector News

Illustration of High Noon PediaCheck out the
High Noon-Pedia

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:   smokesignals@highnoon.com

In the News

Fashion Blast!



Fashion is peering into the Old West!!!! 


Get the scoop on the latest brands giving their "nod" to the Western look! With older, western names like Pendleton, Woolrich, and new names like Me & Arrow, BB Dakota and Jack, and West is Dead the word on the city street is DRESS WESTERN. Got an IPAD? Check out Pendleton to see their new, innovative designs and styles. Melissa Magsaysay (Fashion Market Editor for the Los Angeles Times Newspaper) reports from Las Vegas at the important Magic and Project trade shows. Check out her article at:  




Our Inner Cowgirl
Photo of Rochelle Mendle

Rochelle Mendle Conwell

She's got an eye for the finest in Mexican Silver 

In Smoke Signals' first attempt to interview this silver diva she had the flu - "just too sick to talk." Little did she know we would hunt her down in Mesa at the January show - there would be no escaping us now. She saw me coming... "but I'm just not that interesting," was Rochelle's attempt to dodge the Smoke Signals bullet. No, that doesn't work with us. She's part of our High Noon family and she was going to submit.

Turns out, Rochelle had quite a bit to share. Perhaps her most quotable statement was about everyone in the antiques business overall. "In this business, you can be as weird as you want." Well said, Rochelle!

Like so many of us who end up in this world, she came from a completely unrelated background. A social worker for years living in Northern California, working with disabled adults, she began to burn out. A good friend who owned an antique gallery in New York suggested she come to New York one summer and give antiquing a go. Well, that was the end of social working and the beginning of her new found love and career. And now she could be as weird as she wanted to be.

She became captivated by the beauty of fine early Mexican silver from artists and designers such as Antonio Pineda and Salvador. With her new-found love, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and began selling these works to antique galleries throughout the region. She was spotted by the owner of one large collective who wanted her in his store. So determined was he to have her that he even got the showcases and put her front and center at the entrance. Indeed he was right. His customers loved Rochelle and her silver, and there would be no turning back. She became a full-fledged antiques dealer. Her passion and collecting expanded beyond Mexican silver to buying and selling silver collectibles, match safes, hat pins and other fine "oddities." Cork screws and wine related collectibles became another niche for Rochelle as did elegant Art Nouveau period pieces, mid-century Modern, and Black Forest pieces. You should see some of her Black Forest nutcrackers - too cool to believe.

Over the past 30 years, Rochelle has done shows coast to coast, taking her beautiful pieces with her to share with the world. But she also takes something else, her elegance, grace and little naughty smile with her that is completely infectious. Her partner in crime? Her husband Michael, an engineer by profession who is by her side at every show...The perfect team for this weird business!

Rochelle Mendle Conwell
(520) 398-0505


Roaming Range Reporter

Photo of Eagle SculptureArt & Ideas



By Mort Fleischer



Art and ideas are two of the most  

important phenomenons of enduring  

value in man's life, from Socrates to  

Aristotle, from Spinoza to Descartes,  

from John Stuart Mill to Adam Smith;  

to the French impressionists, to the  

other great philosophers, artists and  

thinkers, mankind has always been in  

awe of powerful ideas and beautiful things.  

Philosophic ideas provide us with intellectual  

guidance and art depicts these concepts while  

at the same time enhancing our daily lives  

with substance and beauty. Both add  

immeasurably to the quality of life.

and Furthermore...

This month we present cowboy poetry by amy elizabeth...

Cowboy's Son

Ain't it the truth 'bout there always bein' one,
His name was Ben, seemed he never got a dang thing done.
He wasn't much fittin' for the teachin's at school,
An' when he quit most folks were right quick callin' him fool.

Most young fellas can't see past buying their first truck,
Thinkin' the fat end of a hog was any job that paid a buck.
But Ben was pretty slick when it come to ropin',
An' like his Pa he'd be a cowboy too, 'least he was hopin'.

He headed down that same trail his ol' man took,
With Pa's good name to lean on an' a used Billy Cook.
Ben spent hours in the rope corral getting no pay,
An' steppin' over colts was only half enough to earn his way.

Folks were callin' him lazy but his Pa knew it wasn't so,
He remembered when all that mattered was never missing a throw.
He knew what Ben was thinkin' but thought better not to say,
'Cause for every lucky break there'd be some cowboy hell to pay.

It might'a looked like Ben was getting' nothin' done,
But he'd earn his spurs and someday be second to none.
I reckon it's true 'bout there always bein' that one,
But don't underestimate the talent of a cowboy's son.

Photo of Amy Elizabeth, poetamy elizabeth 2010

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

NOW Until May 15, 2011  To Picture the Words: Illustrators of the American West  Oklahoma City, OK  
March 10-13, 2011
  8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering  Cartersville, GA
March 19-20, 2011  Antiques, Objects and Art in LA  Glendale, CA
March 24-27, 2011  Palm Springs WestFest & Rodeo  Palm Springs, CA
April 9, 2011  Roy Rogers Centennial Auction  New Braunfels, TX
April 15, 2011 
Cowboy Culture Celebration  Dublin, TX
April 15-16, 2011 
13th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry Festival  Mountain View, MO
April 16, 2011 
Western Heritage Awards  Oklahoma City, OK
April 27-May 1, 2011
  Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, CA
April 28-30, 2011  Gathering of Nations Pow Wow  Albuquerque, NM
April 29-May 1, 2011  Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival  Santa Maria, CA
April 29-September 15, 2011  Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation  Cody, WY
May 6-8, 2011  DesignAmerica-Texas  Grapevine, TX
May 7, 2011  Fiesta of the Spanish Horse  Burbank, CA
May 24-29, 2011 
Bishop Mule Days  Bishop, CA
June 3-5, 2011
  Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival  Oklahoma City, OK
June 3 - October 2, 2011  Dressed Just Right: An Evolution of Western Style from Function to Flamboyance  Cody, WY
June 10-September 5, 2011 
Prix de West Art Show - National Cowboy Museum  Oklahoma City, OK
June 24-26, 2011
  Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction  Denver, CO
August 3-7, 2011  Old Spanish Days  Santa Barbara, CA
August 5-7, 2011
  Great Southwest Antique Show  Albuquerque, NM
August 11-13, 2011  Antique Ethnographic Art Show  Santa Fe, NM
August 11-14, 2011  26th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Lewistown, MT
August 12-21, 2011
  Objects of Art Antique Show  Santa Fe, NM
August 14-16, 2011  Antique Indian Art Show  Santa Fe, NM
September 11-October 9, 2011  Quest for the West Art Sale & Show  Indianapolis, IN
September 20-23, 2011
  Bit Making: Form & Function Workshop (TCAA)  Oklahoma City, OK

November 1-6, 2011  Annual Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair  Heber City, UT

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