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Western artist Roy Andersen reconnects with childhood dreams via paint and canvas.

Date: February 1, 2012

Living in the 1930s was demanding and most families struggled to put food on the table and shelter overhead. Anders and Serena Andersen labored hard to provide for their children. There was little time for leisure and few luxuries.

Yet, every evening following dinner, the ch...

 
 

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Cowboy poet Doris Daley on language, landscape and laughter.

Date: February 1, 2012

She's not sure where it came from, this fascination with words.

"Somewhere in my DNA there must be story­telling," says cowboy poet Doris Daley. "There's poetry and imagination, and it was all there waiting for me when I was born."

And after reading Daley's work, i...

 
 

Photography

Bev Pettit turns a passion for horses and photography into artistic expression.

Date: February 1, 2012

Rain was coming down in torrents the first time Bev Pettit photographed the Arizona Cowpuncher's Reunion Rodeo at Williams, Arizona. Raining like some big dam in the sky had just burst wide open. Cowboys and horses were churning through what looked more like a lake than an arena, but...

 
 

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Wyman Meinzer’s photography tells of his close relationship between Texas’ landscape and people.

Date: February 1, 2012

As dusk approaches and the day's heat loosens its grip, life returns to the Panhandle tank. A covey of quail cautiously makes its way down to the water's edge. A cardinal lands precariously close to the covey, as if trying to nudge its way into the family conversation. Across the tan...

 
 

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Jay Brown Stagecoaches

Date: February 1, 2012

For nearly half a century, Weatherford, Texas, craftsman Jay Brown (1927-2011) produced some of the finest handmade stagecoaches ever built. A former vocational-agriculture teacher, Brown launched J. Brown Stagecoach Works in 1965 after restoring coaches that appeared in his daughter...

 
 

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A mecca for horsemen since its founding by Don King in 1963, Sheridan, Wyoming’s King’s Saddlery still outfits working cowboys throughout the West.

Date: February 1, 2012

Added to King's Saddlery in 1989, King's Saddlery Museum is a treasure chest of western history. It holds over 6,000 pieces that include an outstanding collection of Indian artifacts and cowboy memorabilia from all over the world; pieces include chaps, bits, spurs, saddles, rawhide a...

 
 

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Montana watchmaker Jeffrey Nashan

Date: February 1, 2012

In time. Down time. Never enough time. It's the great leveler, one of the few things against which we are all powerless. And yet, Jeffrey Nashan has found a way to make time - or at least, its measure - into art. As the founder and owner of the Montana Watch Company, Nashan creates u...

 
 

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Bozeman, Montana’s Copper Spring Ranch

Date: February 1, 2012

Montanans are not known for their subtlety, so let's get straight to the question most people ask about Bozeman's Copper Spring Ranch: Is it a billionaire's toy or a respectable outfit?

This question is rooted in the history of the American West. Since settlement began, man...

 
 

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Pioneering gunsmith Doug Turnbull keeps alive the firearm traditions of the Old West.

Date: February 1, 2012

They were the guns that won the West. LeFaucheux. Hulbert. Webley. Joslyn. Adams. Starr. Ballard. And, of course, Merrill-Latrobe-Thomas.

Confused?

Actually, some of those were very fine weapons. And some were considered less than useless by their unhappy owners. B...

 
 

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Selling Tommy

Date: February 1, 2012

There were ponies in picture books and mounted policemen in the park. That was the extent of my contact with horses as a child growing up in Brooklyn,

New York. Oh, I suppose I experienced a flicker of horsey romanticism at one point, as all young girls do, imagining myself ...

 
 

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The Strawberry Roan

Date: February 1, 2012

An' I spots the corral and a standin' alone

There I sees this caballo, a strawberry roan. 

Curley Fletcher,

The Original Strawberry Roan

 

The first horse to run off with me was a roan. His coat was the color of strawberry milk...

 
 

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Touching the Earth: An Interview with Lynn Miller, founding publisher of The Small Farmer’s Journal

Date: February 1, 2012

Oregon-based publisher, Lynn Miller is best described as a renaissance man. A journalist, a farmer, an artist and a teamster - in the original sense of the word - a driver of work horses. He and his father established the Small Farmer's Journal in 1976. It is a unique piece of journa...

 
 

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