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  • ENGRAVING HISTORIC FIREARMS - FINEST EVER!
    ENGRAVING HISTORIC FIREARMS - FINEST EVER! By far the finest book on hand engraving of firearms & other items. The result of painstaking research, practical knowledge & almost 50 years of experience, it is the standard reference for engravers & collectors alike.
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  • CATALOG 30 FOR 2013 - 140 Full Color Pages
    2014 CATALOG 31- 154 Color Pages Mailing week of March 5, 2014!! Be sure to get yours for the largest selection of Native American Indian, rendezvous & mountain man, & reenactor craft supplies & crafts to be found anywhere.
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  • July & August  CROW CALLS - Specials & New Items
    SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER CROW CALLS - Specials & New Items 16 PAGES of new items & savings on many very popular powwow & rondy items, such as #2 German Tanned White & Natural Buckskin, Czech Pony Beads & Camp Utensils, Tote Bags, Dance Bells, & much more.
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  • Trapper's Fringed Buckskin Shirt Pattern - Missouri River Patterns
    Trapper's Fringed Buckskin Shirt Pattern - Missouri River Patterns This classic shirt was first popularized by the fur trappers and traders and remained in use on the Plains throughout the 19th Century. Many variations existed and are possible using our pattern.
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  • Flintlocks: A Practical Guide - by Eric A. Bye
    Flintlocks: A Practical Guide - by Eric A. Bye Authoritative guide for everyone interested in flintlock rifles, pistols, smoothbores, and shotguns. Large format, over 230 pagess & 100s of full-color photos. Numerous how-to projects.
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  • BACK IN PRINT! - Revised Edition
    BACK IN PRINT! - Revised Edition Peter A. Alexander takes the reader through every step in building a longrifle, from shop setup and tools to engraving, carving and finishing. A truly complete guide to building your own longrifle!
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  • 19th Century Powder Horns - KEEP IT DRY!
    19th Century Powder Horns - KEEP IT DRY! We offer a nice selection of authentically styled Fur Trade Era powder horns & priming horns to suit your black powder shooting needs.
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  • Bison Leather Bags - American Bison Leather
    Bison Leather Bags - American Bison Leather These quality bags are made with soft & supple, custom tanned American Bison leather. Very fine quality & extremely durable. Color and character in grain & texture make each bag slightly different.
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  • MOCCASINS & FOOTWEAR - Introducing New Styles
    MOCCASINS & FOOTWEAR - Introducing New Styles Moccasins & footwear for powwows, rendezvous or just getting around! Includes new Huron made Wyandot Confederacy high & lowtops for adults & infants.
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  • Knifemaking Supply - Everything You Need!
    Knifemaking Supply - Everything You Need! Make your own authentic knife with kits & suppoly from Crazy Crow. Everything you need to make a great looking knife, including illustrated instruction.
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  • Deluxe Kentucky Rifle Cases - 60 or 80 Inches
    Deluxe Kentucky Rifle Cases - 60 or 80 Inches The finest soft cases available today, offering super protection for your fine rifles, and the price is unbeatable due to a special arrangement with an auto manufacture who is producing them using his surplus.
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  • Frontier & Mountain Man Knives - Authentic & Hand Made
    Frontier & Mountain Man Knives - Authentic & Hand Made We have spent years researching & manufacturing the finest line of Throwing Knives, Bowies, Daggers, Scalper, Skinner & other knives used by the American mountain man available today.
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  • American Bladesmith Series - Hand Forged
    American Bladesmith Series - Hand Forged Plain and simple: These knives just feel good in the hand. Their graceful blades are hand-forged from 1905 high-carbon steel and fire-etched for a poor-man's Damascus look. Heavy leather sheath included.
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  • Tomahawks, Pipe-Axes & Smoking Hawks - For Camp or Throwing
    Tomahawks, Pipe-Axes & Smoking Hawks - For Camp or Throwing Years of research & manufacture have resulte in the finest line of throwing tomahawks, belt & camp axes available. Hickory & Ash handles, books & DVDs on tomahawk & knife throwing.
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  • VIDEO BEADWORK SERIES - How to Bead- 5 Vols
    VIDEO BEADWORK SERIES - How to Bead- 5 Vols These DVDs guide a beginning beadworker through projects, from buying supplies & drawing designs to actually beading & finishing the project. Includes beading tips from experienced beadworkers.
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  • Tradecloth Dress Pattern - Missouri River Patterns
    Tradecloth Dress Pattern - Missouri River Patterns Produces a fine quality dress from wool tradecloth or broadcloth, which can be left plain or decorated. Authentically styled variations for Sioux, Cheyenne, Crow, Blackfoot, Comanche, Kiowa & Kiowa-Apache.
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  • LONGHUNTER DVD SERIES - Living History
    LONGHUNTER DVD SERIES - Living History Mark Baker explains in fine, but easy-to-understand, detail, a whole range of skill and equipment that was required of a Kentucky long hunter. 4-volume DVD series.
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  • Make Moccasins That Fit! - Moccasin Making DVD
    Make Moccasins That Fit! - Moccasin Making DVD Video presentation by Frank White is the perfect companion for the Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear, on which it was based. The complete, step-by-step instruction in close-up detail.!
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  • WOOL PULLOVER FROCK - Longhunter Style
    WOOL PULLOVER FROCK - Longhunter Style Patterned after an original documented in The Frontier Rifleman, this pullover frock is authentically styled and suitable for the Longhunter, as well as for wear at Rendezvous.
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  • Spanish Brown Oil Cloth - Crazy Crow Exclusive
    Spanish Brown Oil Cloth - Crazy Crow Exclusive Reproduction Oil Cloth, made for 1700s to early 1800s reenactors, is 60 inches wide, 100% cotton canvas, water resistant & mildew retardant, plus the 10 oz weight lends itself to hand or machine stitching.
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  • Felt Hat Blanks - Regular Wool
    Felt Hat Blanks - Regular Wool Make your own unique trapper, tricorn or slouch hat by cutting or modifying the brim, crown or crease, adding a sweatband and hatband, and further trimming it out to your taste.
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  • REVOLUTIONARY COPPER KETTLE - Camp Supplies
    REVOLUTIONARY COPPER KETTLE - Camp Supplies Patterned after an original in the Museum of the Fur Trade, this unique copper kettle has a ring on the lid for lifting & iron socket handle so the lid can be used as a skillet & an iron bail.
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Mountain Man Rendezvous Clothing & Accessories

Getting Dressed Up for Your First Mountain Man Rendezvous!

Mountain Man Rendezvous Clothing & Accessories

When getting started in Buckskinning and Mountain Man Era reenactment for rendezvous or black powder shoots, it's easy to run out (or get online) and purchase whatever apparel you discover that looks like it would suit your needs. Expensive buckskin shirts, pants and moccasins may all seem appropriate at the time; however, you may regret doing a lot expensive shopping once you get a better idea of what you want to do. Better yet, put some thought into the period you wish to portray (your persona) and do as much research as possible before advancing to high end clothing and accessories.

Instead of buying a bunch of expensive clothing for your first Rendezvous, just buy the basics, and then use a keen eye, examining your fellow 'skinners. Try not to be overwhelmed when you see all of the great clothing and accessories that your new friends are wearing. Keep in mind that many of them have had years of collecting to acquire their mountain man apparel and gear.

So, start off simple. The more you get into the historical reenacting hobby, you can increasingly build your wardrobe to match whatever time period or style you select.

Starter Mountain Man Clothing & Accessories:

  • Calico or unbleached cotton drop-front shirt; for the ladies, a simple calico dress
  • Fall-front or drop-front pants
  • Inexpensive moccasins (nothing with rubber soles!!)
  • A belt (leather with period-correct brass buckle)

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There are undoubtedly other items that would be good to have, depending on what the weather is expected to be, but it is still best to start simply. Ask a lot of questions when you see something at Rendezvous that grabs your attention. You will find that buckskinners are a friendly lot and will be happy to help any beginners (newbie-rendezvous-goers) getting started in the Mountain Man reenactment hobby.

Ready-Made Rendezvous Clothing & Accessories from Crazy Crow Trading Post.

Over the years, Crazy Crow has forged relationships with crafts people across the country (and local talent, too) that produce quality, authentic ready-made clothing, accessories and craft items.

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Recommended Mountain Man Historical Reenacting Related DVDs:

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This excellent 55 minute presentation by Frank White is the perfect companion for our upcoming Native American Moccasins: A Craft Manual, on which it was based. The complete, step-by-step method of making a pair of side-seam moccasins is demonstrated here in great, close-up detail. Also shown and discussed are necessary tools and supplies, pattern making, leather names and types, and advanced sewing techniques. By using this video, you will easily be able to make a nice pair of moccasins that actually fit! Code: 4085-001-003   Price: 19.95
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Mark Baker explains in fine, but easy-to-understand, detail, a whole range of skill and equipment that was required of a Kentucky long hunter. In this fantastic four-volume DVD series, Baker shows you not only how to do something but how to do it correct to the time period. Not only does he show you what to wear, but how and why they wore it. Each volume is two hours long and the lessons contained within are invaluable to anyone interested in living history or reenactment.

Volume 1: Clothing and accoutrements; making oil cloth, center seam moccasins, putting together your attire. Mark demonstrates how to dye cloth with walnut hulls, make tallow and create an authentic look. Flint knapping demonstration with William White; shooting a rifle, a fowler and a pistol, plus more. Two hours long.

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Code: 4085-003-010   Price: 29.95
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Mark Baker explains in fine, but easy-to-understand, detail, a whole range of skill and equipment that was required of a Kentucky long hunter. In this fantastic four-volume DVD series, Baker shows you not only how to do something but how to do it correct to the time period. Not only does he show you what to wear, but how and why they wore it. Each volume is two hours long and the lessons contained within are invaluable to anyone interested in living history or reenactment.

Volume 2: Pioneer skills to include firestarting with flint and steel, parching corn, open fire cooking, making char, running ball, woodslore, field dressing a deer and making jerkey. Special segment on braintanning deerskin with Paul Dinsmore. Two hours long.

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Code: 4085-003-011   Price: 29.95
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Mark Baker explains in fine, but easy-to-understand, detail, a whole range of skill and equipment that was required of a Kentucky long hunter. In this fantastic four-volume DVD series, Baker shows you not only how to do something but how to do it correct to the time period. Not only does he show you what to wear, but how and why they wore it. Each volume is two hours long and the lessons contained within are invaluable to anyone interested in living history or reenactment.

Volume 3: Recreating the lifestyle from our American heritage. Shoe packs, turkey calls, cooking fish and fowl, coffees, teas, food sacks, shelters, cows knee, match coat and much more. Two hours long.

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Code: 4085-003-012   Price: 29.95
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Mark Baker explains in fine, but easy-to-understand, detail, a whole range of skill and equipment that was required of a Kentucky long hunter. In this fantastic four-volume DVD series, Baker shows you not only how to do something but how to do it correct to the time period. Not only does he show you what to wear, but how and why they wore it. Each volume is two hours long and the lessons contained within are invaluable to anyone interested in living history or reenactment.

Volume 4: Complementing the first three Long Hunter Series volumes with more aspects of the pioneer lifestyle: trail rations, belt axes, leggins, one blanket tricks, foods available in the settlements and more. Two hours long.

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Code: 4085-003-013   Price: 29.95
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Jeff Hengesbaugh & Wes Housler - Combining first-hand accounts and their vast experience in primitive skills with illustrated discussion, Jeff and Wes show you the dress and equipment that provided the Rocky Mountain trappers with their thin edge for survival. View the pageantry of the West riding from the desert floor to the mountain peaks as you learn to make leather footwear, a buffalo hide coat, start a fire with flint and steel and set up a primitive camp in the style of the Mountain Men of yore! 50 minutes. Code: 4085-012-001   Price: 19.95
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Jeff Hengesbaugh & Wes Housler - Share the adventure with Jeff and Wes as they pack their catch of beaver hides and ride into the wilderness using the dress & equipment of the 19th century Mountain Man. Features include what to take on the trail, period horse gear and packing, horse safety & security, trail food & cooking, choosing a good camp & constructing effective shelters, determining direction & distance for cross-country travel, water location, survival tips and much more! 48 minutes. Code: 4085-012-002   Price: 19.95
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Recommended Books on Historical Reenacting:

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Book of Buckskinning III contains bead and quillworking, trade beads, brain tanning, trade beads, brain tanning, period shelters, historic guns, 18th and 19th century cooking and techniques for making footwear. 267 pp: over 350 photos and illustrations (22 in color). SC

Code: 4156-011-061   Price: 21.95
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Book of Buckskinning IV covers traditional blacksmithing, frontier knives, working rawhide, early blankets and capotes, trade silver, primitive lighting, styles of the Southwest, and historic sites and museums. 258 pp: 400+ photos and illus. SC

Code: 4156-012-061   Price: 23.95
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Book of Buckskinning V features sections on trade goods, Indian dresses, pack saddles, games and sports, engraving and carving, oldtime music and instruments, tipis and a special 8 page color section. 250 pp: 400+ illus. SC

Code: 4156-013-061   Price: 22.95
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Muzzleloader Magazine - This superb reference features these comprehensive chapters: Clothing of the Rocky Mountain Trapper, Indian-Influenced Woodsmen of the Cane, Great Lakes & Eastern Woodlands Knives and Sheaths, Wardrobe of the Frontier Woman, Frontier Writing, A Typical Day's Winter Journey, Goods of the Trunk Maker & His Trade and Tools & Techniques of Bark Tanning. Contains 25 full color photos and 218 photos plus 139 sketches, patterns & illustrations. 248 pages. SC

Code: 4156-015-061   Price: 24.95
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Mark A. Baker- From his first 10 years of fascinating adventures of treks, scouts and hunts, Mark shares practical knowledge & insights gained from wilderness experiences, extensive historical research and his partners on the trail. Complete instructions & advice for becoming an 18th century Longhunter, along with the way of life of a Colonial woodsman are explored in fine detail. Learn about weapons, accoutrements, clothing, bedrolls, food & skills from an era that forged the American Spirit & the new nation. 306 pages, 250 quality illustrations & new photos. SC Code: 4156-019-209   Price: 32.00
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The second volume of A Pilgrim's Journey feature the second ten years of Mark A. Baker's columns from the pages of MUZZLELOADER. The only book of its kind, each volume of A Pilgrim's Journey includes over 300 pages of scouts, hunts, treks and how-to information useful in reenacting the American frontier period. From flintlocks and moccasins to shooting bags and knapsacks, Baker explores the way of life of the Colonial woodsman. Learn about the clothing, accouterments, food and skills from an era that helped forge the American spirit and a new nation! 319 pages. SC. Code: 4156-020-209   Price: 36.00
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Shawn Webster - Alfred Jacob Miller, in 1837, was the only artist known to accompany the Rocky Mountain trappers, attend a rendezvous and illustrate their daily lives. Shawn Webster's documentation and fine quality recreations of the clothing and accouterments depicted in many of Miller's paintings and sketches are presented here in 40 full color photos, along with several illustrations and paintings by David Wright & Lee Teter. 70 pages, SC.

All books signed by the author. SC.

Code: 4157-001-259   Price: 19.95
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Ellen J. Gebret - For everyday rural clothing worn in the American Colonies and over the Appalachians from 1750 to 1820, this is an excellent primary source. It covers most items worn by the Eastern longhunters and pioneers as they made their way westward, including shirts, breeches, coats, gowns, petticoats, stockings, shoes, hats, buckles, buttons and more. Over 300 illustrations, patterns and photos show actual fabrics, historical examples & detailed sewing instructions for making a full range of garments & accessories. A must for anyone interested in authentic clothing from this era. 309 pages. SC

Code: 4157-001-562   Price: 39.95
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Beth Gilgun - An excellent book for reenactors from the 1750 to 1840 period, with diagrams, patterns and concise instructions for reproducing period clothing for men, women and children, including instructions from choosing fabric to cutting and sewing the garments. Numerous topics of life in Colonial America are covered, such as cooking, sewing and other home & camp skills, all presented in the format of mid to late 1700s "letters" compiled from 10 years of Muzzleloader Magazine. 285 pages, with over 325 photos & illustrations. SC. Code: 4157-002-209   Price: 32.95
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Moore & Haynes - The Lewis & Clark Expedition's clothing, equipment and weapons are thoroughly documented and wonderfully illustrated in this fascinating study of this historic journey. Thoroughly documented with original information, period paintings, excellent illustrations and photographs of actual items, it shows how leather garments gradually replaced military dress during the 3 year trek exploring the American wilderness. 288 pages in large format, with 56 color photos and over 140 paintings and detailed illustrations in color and black & white. Hard Cover Code: 4157-999-999   Price: 40.00
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Our shirts are hand-made from fabrics selected for authenticity to the pre-1850 period. Prints vary due to seasonal availability, but we chose colors and prints for the correct time period look, from the natural homespun osnaburg to the old-time striped cotton ticking. The prints vary in colors and design from calico and stripes to other period patterns, with red, white and beige backgrounds usually available. Please list 2nd choices when possible. Sizes (3) Medium, (4) Large, (5) X-Large & (6) XX-Large. Code: 4615-01   Price: 55.00

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