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BROADSIDE' EDITOR'S MESSAGE
Happy new year! Hope you all had a great
holiday season. I personally had a very strange thing
A rather famous (among other woodworkers)
author/lecturer/hand tool woodworker sent me an e-mail and
asked that I sing a song that he could put on his web site.
The song was written in 1825, so it’s completely
period for you to listen to (if you have a trapper era
computer to download it) It’s from a play so
I sang with that in mind. http://blog.lostartpress.com/2012/12/17/free-download-the-irish-joiner-mp3/
Looking forward to as many of you as can,
come to the winter encampment.
Report from the fort:
Larry Hall and I decided to hold a fire making camp last
Easter. We decided that it would be the last of June.
Due to personal schedule problems, we rescheduled for the weekend after
Independence Day, but by then, the entire
state of Utah was up in flames. The blanket fire ban was in place without any
relief in sight. We decided to reschedule
in late October. We had originally arranged to hold the camp on private
property, but as the time got closer, the owner
changed their mind. We ended up holding the camp at Ft. Buenaventura.
It went well. We had several attend. Ferrell Peterson, Larry Hall, Larry
Price, and Ole Jensen. Flint & Steel
is our standard way to start fire. We also started with a bowdrill. We worked
on fire plow and handrill. We'll continue
to work on that last two. We came close, but not close enough.
Ferrell aka "Otter"
So we now have a date for our next encampment which will be a
winter one so any Apprentices that need a
winter encampment this is one for you. And as with the summer encampment all
NAF members are invited. This as with the
summer encampment will have the same primitive rules. If you have any questions
about the rules or guests or about this encampment in general please contact
me contact me. it will go from Thurs. Jan
17 to Sun Jan. 20 You are welcome to come early and stay as long as you wish.
Also you can bring guest(s) that are interested in seeing what
we are about and may be interested in joining
us. Just remember that you are responsible for your guests actions and to make
sure that they are properly outfitted with
gear, weapons and so forth.
If you are going to bring a dog let me know before the
encampment and make sure that the dog will either
be leashed or tide as one of my dogs does not get along with any other animals
other than the ones she was raised with.
She is fine with folks but not any other animals Unfortunately I have no
choice but to bring her since no one will
watch her as they do my other dogs, so if any other dogs are going to be
there they all must be under control not just
mine, I will not have her tide up so yours can loose......NO exceptions
to all Apprentice's: Please bring some sort of a journal so
you can write down the where,
when and how, of doing your requirements.
to EVERYONE: Jack
rabbits are everywhere in this area most of the time so if
you have a hunting
license have fun if not then be careful. I have had many
many encampments here and
rarely do you see anyone, in the years I have camped here I
have only once ever seen a ranger and
never a game warden....But you just never know.
This is a primitive camp only !
All primitive rules will be enforced. If it was not
available from 1750-
1843 it is NOT allowed in this camp. The
only exceptions are:
A) New Apprentice's that are still getting
their gear together may wear what they have as long as it
somewhat resembles period
clothing. We even may have extra stuff that might fit should
the need be, but no
B) If for whatever reason we cannot setup
camp with-in a reasonable walking distance to water, then
non period containers may be brought but must stay out of
the camp. This does not mean hidden
under a blanket in your shelter, this means left in your
car, away from camp. Out of site is not
out of camp !
medical stuff that you need to stay alive or move about is
Some of the things NOT allowed at this camp
are: Really? If you don’t know…look at last time
We strive to be the best of the best, and
the only way we can be the best is to do it right to the
best of our abilities.
It is up to those of us who are sponsoring Apprentice's to
teach them the proper way that things where
done and what was used and how it was made. We want it to
where if Alfred Miller brought his sketchbook
through our camp it would just like the one he did in 1838
and not as some bring what ya got camp
I need to hear from those interested in
joining us at this encampment so I can give you the exact
dates and driving
directions. If you cannot make it or if you don't like the
rules don't worry about emailing me to tell
me. Please I just need to hear from those who are coming so
it will cut down on emails I have to read.
There is no charge to get into this
encampment and even though it is on forest land no adventure
pass is required. I
thank you all for your time and hope to see you there.
And there are NO hooters, but shovels are
available. After all come on folks we are mountain men and
women not the Campfire girls !!
Captain Tom ...
Same Editors Note as before If
you have a computer or can get to one, check out the July/Aug issue of the
Smoke Signals and see the kind of
big fun we had at this site on our Summer encampment. As the biggest dummy out
there, I can verify that there is
tons of information to share and lots to do.
THE NORTH AMERICAN
2013 "8th Annual National Encampment"
Now is the time to start planning a year in advance
to make this one in Rye, Colorado.
11th to the 16th day of June 2013
We have started advertising in the Apr/May issue of
"Smoke Signals" and will continue until the May/Jun 2013 issue.
• This will
give everyone ample time to arrange vacation scheduling.
• Plan for
different places to visit to and from the Nationals for a family outing with
fun for everyone.
• Emails will
be sent out listing members in your home state, so car pooling or a caravan
may be planned. That's a fun way
to travel with friends.
The 2013 NAF Nationals will be held near the town of Rye,
Colorado. You will need to bring water, your gear and something
to add to the pot luck which we will have one night. There is archery and
shooting ranges, on close to 2000
acres to explore, impromptu classes and plenty of good campsites for your
choosing. Plenty of trees to hold classes
under and the main camp can spread out a little if that is what the people who
show up want. The closest hospitals
are in Pueblo and Raton, so it would take a while to get any major accident
injury to one. So the men will need
to be careful. We told the owner that he and his family are welcome to come to
the camp to see what we are like
and would let him know when the pot luck will be.
Our 2007 Nationals was on this same site just west of the
Mountain route of the Santa Fe Trail, less than a hundred
miles to Bent's Old Fort or Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Whittington
Center is just down the trail,
along with Santa Fe where we could dance a fandango with the pretty dark eyed
All the rendezvous were held west of the Continental Divide
with the exception of the 1829, 1830, and 1838 rendezvous.
Six of the sixteen rendezvous were held outside the United States in territory
belonging to Mexico. Except for
two sites in Utah and one in Idaho, all of the rendezvous were held in
Wyoming. Many of the major parties
passed through Colorado heading into the Rockies.
• R.S.V.P to
• Mr. Don Keas,
Mr. Michael Moore,
Using either Interstate I-80 or Interstate I-70 coming from
the East or West to Interstate I-25 going South to
Rye. See the website http://nafsmokesignals.tripod.com/NAFwebsite/8thencampment.html
As time allows we will start steering our writers in the
direction of Southern Colorado and the activities that went on
during the early years when forming of this country. Lots of history and great
places to visit while attending the
"8th NAF National
Encampment" in Rye Colorado. We will send additional information of
attractions in the area throughout
this year in building up to the event.
Just like Ferrell did, send all your doin’s to email@example.com,
If you let us know ahead of time maybe we
can join yoose all.
Quarterly to keep our membership informed of
association status and upcoming events.
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