Southern Cross Free Trappers reached a milestone in June, celebrating our tenth Winter Quarters camp. Buckskinners attending this camp each received one of these leather medallions to mark the occasion. Enjoy our latest newsletter.
Melbourne’s historic Shot Tower enclosed in a steel & glass dome: Photo by Vernon Fowler. We featured Shot Towers of Australia back in Vol.14, January 2009, which reminds me to mention that all back issues of Around the Traps can freely be accessed in our archives. Meanwhile I’m pleased to announce Vol 48 has just been posted for your reading pleasure.
There’s something about iron furniture, unembellished stock timber with nice sharp lines that draws my attention and hopefully yours too. Is it a poor-boys? In this edition we recognise some fine workmanship from good mates up in Mississippi.
Welcome to another read, very probably our last before the summer lay-off. It’s been a while between newsletters, I know, and there’s not much happening in black powder burning or camping from now til Easter. A good time to concentrate on kit and camp set-up and any necessary repairs. Also an opportune time to re-read our past newsletters for inspiration to tide us through the hot dry weather; like, try volume 37 for the great sequence of flintlock action. And now, here’s volume 46 for your latest reading enjoyment.
Welcome to our vol. 45 and another read of club doings. It doesn’t seem all that long ago I was writing volume 40 or even volume 32. These numbers represent popular calibres to all black powder shooters. Funny thing is, when I turned 45 I thought what a fantastic calibre, so what an incredible year I’m gonna have; but it wasn’t long before I was similarly thinking about 50 cal…. At 54 I dismissed that thought-train as bullshit. I reckon all black powder enthusiasts, young or old, are truly a fun-loving remarkable calibre of people.
Trade blankets have always attracted Buckskinners. This one has a good variety of plunder as it is a combined effort from the small gathering who attended what augurs to be the last Pine Ridge rendezvous due to imminent logging operations.