“Unleashing the Death Sphere”

“Snapshot Saturday”

Fire belches from the Northwest gun's muzzle.

A fine buck stepped from behind a nearby red oak. The turtle sight held steady. Sparks showered. Gunpowder flashed. With a tongue of fire and a blinding cloud of smoke, ‘Old Turkey Feathers’ unleashed the death sphere. Old Northwest Territory near the headwaters of the River Raisin, 1794.

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3 Responses to “Unleashing the Death Sphere”

  1. William says:

    What great timing on this snapshot! I think it’s one of your best to date, keep up the good work.
    One question is the strap holding your powder horn, is it woven, cloth? How was it made?

    • Dennis Neely: Traditional Woodsman says:


      The strap that you see that has the solid yellow edge beading is the horn strap. It is a single-thickness strap of deerskin stained dark brown, edged with the two-bead edging pattern. The bag, bag strap and horn strap were made at the same time, which was in the late 1980s.

      Both show a Great Lakes Native American influence and represent a combination of several bag/strap designs. As my interpretation changed with my “best understanding” of my research documentation, I abandoned both the bag and the strap for a more “common” choice for my trading post hunter persona.

      However, I still use that bag for some competitive shooting with “Old Turkey Feathers.” I thought at one time that I would rework the bag to be more in line with my documentation, especially when I started the native captive persona. I passed on that idea because the bag and strap serve a better purpose in demonstrating how one’s interpretation changes with time and increased documentation. Plus, I’ve killed a lot of game while carrying that bag and it has a hefty amount of sentimental value.

  2. William O. Towery says:

    I’ve got a woven strap from Weaving Welshman that I’m trying to decide if it is appropriate for my 1835 Texas outfit. It came off a bag that I bought years ago and it was simply too nice for it. Too much sentimental value to get rid of but it may just be out of place.

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