geneWe have a good friend named Gene Smith. (AKA; Drifter, Butch, Tootsie).  Drifter passed from this life 3 years past

His personality while on earth was enormous, his love of life immense.  We loved him, still love him.

His wife; Gretchen of the warm and lovely laugh, has had a surprise party for him every year on his birthday since.  Drifter is always there, although I am pretty sure he is no longer surprised.  He is there in the stories of his friends who will always remember him, in the smiles of the bikers, the shooters, the reenactors and all the friends, neighbors and family who had the honor to call him their pard.

We look forward to this years’ celebration in May… be ready.

Today in History…

v0_masterToday in History…  Today, March 10, 1881 A telephone company is established in Tucson, Arizona Territory…  Which leads me here.

Tomorrow evening the Old West Society will be at Twin Cities Public Television in St Paul, answering phones.

Remember to call in and pledge you all.  TPT is a wonderful organization, dedicated to bringing culture, history and honest entertainment to Minnesota!  Old West History

Tomorrow night is Old West History…We will fit right in.  Hope to hear you on the other end of the phone!!!oldwestamerican experience

The Spirit of Freedom

We are a country of free thinkers, liberal and conservative alike.  We, as a people, come together united in freedom of religion, politics, creed.   Texas represents to us, a large independent union filled with free spirit.


Happy Independence Day Texas!  We honor you!

Deadwood Art

oe Dawson Cowboy Art, P.O.Box 2612, Taos, New Mexico 87571 Phone (575)779-7553) #127 DEADWOOD EXTERIOR WAITING ON INTERIOR, Original oil painting stretched on canvas 3 feet in height and 6 feet across. 36"H x 72" W. This is the painting of a street scene for the first season of the HBO series "DEADWOOD".
Joe Dawson Cowboy Art, P.O.Box 2612, Taos, New Mexico 87571 Phone (575)779-7553)
#127 DEADWOOD EXTERIOR WAITING ON INTERIOR, Original oil painting stretched on canvas 3 feet in height and 6 feet across. 36″H x 72″ W. This is the painting of a street scene for the first season of the HBO series “DEADWOOD”.

We love western artwork, and love to share it when possible.  We are trying to make sure we attribute the artist, because by golly, they deserve the praise both legally and morally.  Here is one found on the internet that made us happy, simply because one of our winter projects has been watching all of the Deadwood series. Tough job huh?




wells fargo artwork


Change is in the air, a positive resolution to counteract the cold!  We are once more changing our website.  (I rearrange furniture all of the time as well)  Stay posted for more changes, and take a peek at what has been done today.

The Happiest New Year to You!!!!

wagontrainWe always get one, it never fails. A new year I mean.  We received one even in the year 2000.  No matter what happens, time moves along,

The New Year  is traditionally a time for fresh starts, celebrations, resolve, and deep breaths.  Let the future come, we are ready for it.

Our life here at Lost Creek has changed;  we have moved, we have retired, we have added more chuck wagon teaching to our roster, are heading back into the world of commerce for J Tspunktilly goods, we have made a commitment to dedicate ourselves to a bit of growth, and we hope to always improve, always inspire,always kick out and move!

We wish for you the same, A year of blessings and aspirations, a year of positive change and love.

From Lost Creek to You!  Happy Tidings and Great Cheer!

Gunleather of the Old West

We have images in our minds of long, lean cowboys, walking slowly down a dusty street, hand hovering near his holster, eyes steely, determined, ready to draw on his nemesis.  For us, here at Lost Creek, this image is one we revere, we love the westerns, old and new, and we love the romance of the history of the gunslinger.

JT loves it so much that he builds holsters, some for friends, some for himself, some for sale.  He loves crafting the leather, fitting the gun.  It is art, well created art.

So where did these holsters come from?  Me, I have to research for information that comes naturally to JT and others, I have to read, dig in and learn.

This is what I have learned so far.

One of the first known holsters created was the Pommel Holster. This type of holster was used by the military in the early American colonies.  During the California Gold Rush holster was modified into the Pommel Bag Holster by Wells Fargo riders.  This holster held long bore single shot handguns, (horse pistols).  The pommel bag was valued because it was easily used to carry more than one gun at a time and hold ready ammunition.  Having handy firepower was important, for law enforcement, riders, and outlaws.  No one wanted to be caught out in a battle under gunned!

An issue with holsters of the early years was the expense involved. Mostly produced in the east for a hefty cost, any type of holster was a prized possession, and not readily available.  To solve this dilemma, western saddle makers soon learned the art of creating holsters of their own, some rustic, some polished and full of specifications for the buyers.

As guns evolved so did the holster.   Holsters became more portable, minimal, and able to be carried on a belt, or attached to a pommel with a more precise pattern for shotguns and rifles.  These first affairs were made with just a slip in carrier, the gun slipping in, but also easily slipping out at an untoward moment, so tie downs and fasteners were incorporated into the patterns, early holsters were made open at the tip, and this caused difficulties with dirt, and debris entering into the barrels of guns, so again a modification was created and holsters became closed at the bottoms.  Most of these belt holsters were created with a back flap that a belt could be slipped through for wearing.

Holsters are made right handed, left handed, to be carried on a belt, suspenders, hips, and even in a boot.  What ever the gunslinger needed was created.  Soon cowboys craved a bit of spit and polish for the holsters they used to carry their prized side arms, and leather smiths found their skills leaned to creating artistic carvings in the leather, perhaps adding a bit of color or shiny accouterments.

Like any bit of old west history holsters come with evocative names, the Slim Jim or California, the Mexican Loop, the Cheyenne, and the one we know most, the Buscadero, the holster that was made popular by Roy Rogers, and the Lone Ranger, with special engraving, silver plating and the exciting look we associate with child hood Saturday afternoons in theater balconies.

And in this vein even more developments have come into being, with the walk and draw style, utilizing a forward muzzle action for fast draw competitors.  This holster has also become the standard for today’s Spaghetti Westerns.  Clint Eastwood wore this holster forcefully.

With civilization came hip and pocket holsters, designed so that gentleman need not show their fire power in public, and could avoid offending the gentler sensibilities of modern America.  And from this we have evolved into the less than genteel mobster style of holster, holding arms that are hidden from the prying eyes of the law.

For what ever reason we use a holster, if it be for function, style, or pure whimsy, we can look back through the part they have played in the long history of America with great respect and honor.