Thoughts on “Artificial Aging”

A buckskin split pouch patterened after the Andrew Foster pouch.This week’s blog post comes in the form of an addition to “The Basics” section of the web site, and is entitled “A Progression of Age and Use.”

As sometimes happens, a simple essay veers in an unexpected direction. In this case, a few paragraphs about artificially aging a new split pouch seemed inadequate and possibly confusing for the reader. The best alternative to expanding on the thoughts was to dedicate a separate essay and do better justice to the topic. Enjoy…

Give traditional black powder hunting a try, be safe and may God bless you,

Dennis Neely

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4 Responses to Thoughts on “Artificial Aging”

  1. Matt Wulff says:

    Hey Denny,

    I don’t know if you have had a chance to talk with Darrel yet after the School of the Longhunter, and this is off topic, but we learned in Mike Galban’s presentation on tumplines that highly decorated native items such as this were probably out of the price range of most frontier hunters. Intricately woven tumplines and things like your split pouch were often three to four times more expensive than a normal, plain item.


    • Dennis Neely: Traditional Woodsman says:

      Yes, Matt, I’ve heard many good reports on the presentations at Prickett’s Fort, including yours and Michael Galban’s comments about ornamentation with respect to tumplines/portage collars/carrying strings. This split pouch is “inspired” by Major Andrew Foster’s split pouch, which is quilled, but still well-used.

      When I post on this accoutrement next week, I will take you through the thought process I used and you will see that it is actually quite plain by intent. The edge beading and deer-hair cones are basic representations of the work done by the Ojibwe and Odawa here in Michigan in the late 18th-century as demonstrated on a number of artifacts, especially those gathered by Foster and Sir John Caldwell. Keep in mind that this split pouch would not have been sold to a frontier hunter, but rather made by an Ojibwe or Ottawa woman for use by an adopted family member.

  2. Matt Wulff says:

    Oh yes, I remember now that Darrel said you are working on a persona about a captive returning to the settlements after living with the natives, makes perfect sense that you would have something like that.


  3. Matt Wulff says:

    I have been thinking of making some changes to my kit to better reflect that of a person living on the frontier. I just picked up a pair of leather leggings and puckertoe mocs. A lot of my gear looks just too well made and clean. While I am not a fan of the “200 year old look” I do like a simple, well used, look. That is what I am going to for now. I am thinking along the lines of more items made on the homestead instead of purchased trade items.


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