Western Art, Western Decor


Powwow... WOW!

Posted on February 11, 2011 by Buffalo Trader Online

There's a new oil in Buffalo Trader town. Proud - Jay Eagle is Artist, Denny Karchner's latest addition to the oil family. The subject, Jay Eagle is a winning Powwow dancer an example of which can be seen in this video:

Although styles vary between regions, the Powwow (Anglicized for the Algonquian term, pauau), can be traced back roughly 400 years to a Pawnee Religious ceremony practiced in the early 19th century and later adopted by the Omaha. The exact origination of the Powwow is vague as traditional Indian dance was deemed illegal by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1890's. It is documented that tribal medicine men and spiritual leaders performed Powwow in religious ceremonies, as well as elite warrior societies known as Grass Dancers.

The original painting is currently available! Or varying sizes of this beautifully historic piece in print can be purchased exclusively at Buffalo Trader Online. Enjoy!


Posted in Western Art, Western Culture

Kickin' it Old School...

Posted on January 17, 2011 by Buffalo Trader Online

So what's the deal with cowboy boots? Why do men and women alike seek these well-crafted icons? Because, they're as classic as the LBD (or little black dress to those who don't speak "text-speak"), the navy suit and the pearl necklace. According to our old friend Webster, 'classic' is defined as; "serving as a standard of excellence; historically memorable and characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year." To be sure, the cowboy boot can be incredibly elaborate in design or just simply because of an exotic material used such as ostrich or stingray. But here's how it all started...

Thanks to old school Hollywood stars such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, these utilitarian shoes dating back to the era of Genghis Kahn took on a very glamorous update in the 1950's. Legend has it that Mr. Kahn wore very distinctive boots with a wooden heel. The English riding boot came into existence in the 17th - 18th century. The recent riding boot was actually named after Arthur Wellesley, the First Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. The Wellington boot, as it was coined, was constructed in a four-piece format much like the modern cowboy 'kicks.'

Today's cowboy boots are as individual as those who wear them. Expect to pay anywhere from $100 - $600 for a good quality mass-produced boot. But custom boots can run as much as $50,000 plus! The well-known like George W. have also contributed to the cowboy boot's timelessness. And like a good pair of blue jeans, boots just get better with time. To pay homage to the cowboy boot, Buffalo Trader Online offers tremendous gifts such as the Blue Horse Cowboy Boot Toothpick Holder, Genuine Turquoise & Silver Cowboy Boot Toe Tips, and matching Genuine Turquoise & Silver Cowboy Boot Heel Guards. These western-themed functionals make wonderful host/hostess gifts or a very masculine idea for that special cowboy in your life!

Posted in Clothing Accessories, Western Culture, Wet Bar Accessories

Deck the Halls!

Posted on November 22, 2010 by Buffalo Trader Online

Holiday traditions amongst early American cowboys were pretty well established by the mid 1800's. Although Christmas was celebrated with humble fare, the traditions of caroling, gift-giving and community were integral to the holiday celebration. It is recorded that soldiers would carol at their remote outposts while roasting venison over open fires. Many families would feast on preserved fruits, plum pudding, baked beans seasoned with salt pork and molasses and of course fresh breads.

Gifts were generally hand-made; corn husk dolls, carved wooden toys, embroidered linens, just to list a few. Decorations around the house consisted of hand-strung berries, pinecones, paper and popcorn. The Christmas tree was an added luxury for those who had homes large enough to accommodate them and whose wooded areas had trees to spare for something as lavish as mere 'decoration'. Cookie dough ornaments may have donned these branches and also served as late night snacks for excited little ones.

Buffalo Trader Online offers everything necessary to have your very own Cowboy Christmas. Find decorating ideas from tree toppers to garlands. Be the talk of the town with our gorgeous Pine Cone Wreath Candle Holder as your dining room table centerpiece! The Holiday Christmas Lights Berry Garland would do any mantel justice, or use it over a doorway to enhance a party mood. Buffalo Trader Online has a tremendous candle selection as well! Keep several of these handy as gifts for your neighbors, teachers, or leave one on your front porch for your favorite mailman. It'll surely brighten up his day!

Posted in Holiday Shopping, Western Culture

Buckled up!

Posted on November 03, 2010 by Buffalo Trader Online

Belt buckles can be traced as far back as the 2nd Century BC in Asia. Buckles were created of solid gold and were worn over long tunics, indicating status among the nomadic Chinese. Early American Cowboys however, didn't usually wear belts that required a buckle. In fact, the original cowboy mostly wore suspenders. Credit is given to 16th Century Italian blacksmith, Tomaso Kellioni for inventing a buckle used to secure belts, boots and shoes. And thanks to Hollywood, the Western belt buckle, as we know it today became popular in the early 1920's with the release of the ever so famous 'Cowboy movies.'

Belt buckles were worn to denote a person's profession or status, such as fireman, police or even military rank or specialty. Rodeo Cowboys are known to have the most dramatic and ornate buckles. But today, buckles have an integral place in fashion. Everyone from the former President of the United States to professional golfers are donning brilliant buckles.

Have some fun with your wardrobe! Any of our western themed belt buckles will add unexpected flare to any outfit. All reasonably priced, they make fun stocking stuffers, too!

Posted in Clothing Accessories, Western Culture

A place to hang your hat...

Posted on September 30, 2010 by Buffalo Trader Online

Several theories exist regarding how the name "Ten-Gallon Hat" came into existence. Most commonly known is the belief that the hat was large enough to hold 10 gallons of water (it has been proven since then that the hat can actually only hold about 3 quarts). Although the exact beginning of this term cannot be traced, it is more likely that the term came from the vaqueros of Mexico with whom American cowboys rode during early cattle ranching days.

It is theorized that the mispronunciation of the Spanish word 'galon' is how this all came to fruition. Galloon was a woven strand of metallic thread used to decorate the traditional Mexican sombrero. The amount of galloon or 'galon' on a sombrero indicated the quality of the hat. So, loosely translated in early American terms, a 'ten-gallon hat' was a hat of very high quality.

Several other hats were available for the working cowboy. In the mid-1860's, Mr. John B. Stetson of Philadelphia designed a wide-brimmed hat after a brief respite in Colorado. His first hat manufactured was known as "The Boss of the Plains". The Boss had a 4-inch wide brim and a 5-inch tall crown. From there the cowboy hat was modified based on demands of rodeo and working cowboys alike.

Buffalo Trader's own Denny Karchner, brilliantly captures the cowboy essence which cannot be completed without the proper hat. He's done so in his pieces, Alan Baker as Buffalo Bill, and Charles Bolin - Quickdraw Artist. These pieces exemplify how the proper hat 'tops off' a cowboy's image!

Posted in Western Art, Western Culture

This ain't my first rodeo...

Posted on September 06, 2010 by Buffalo Trader Online

When we think of cowboys, visions of men wearing 10 gallon hats, blue jeans and boots come to mind. Maybe these men are herding their cattle while riding their trusty steed or perhaps they're in the horse ring breaking a young stallion. One event that epitomizes skills of a true cowboy is that of the present day rodeo.

These competitions were originally known as 'cowboy tournaments' and can be traced back as far as the 1700's when the West was of Spanish rule. Spanish cattlemen, known as 'vaqueros', greatly influenced the American cowboy's language, equipment, traditions and clothing. Stemming from the Spanish verb 'rodear', rodeos were often an informal competition amongst ranchers after a successful cattle drive. These rodeos allowed the various outfits bragging rights to which group had the best riders, ropers and all-around best drovers. Participants discovered they could earn additional income by charging an entry fee when traveling through small towns. Eventually, rodeos became the very popular spectator sport that it is today.

Artist Denny Karchner, brilliantly captures true cowboy aura as depicted in his pieces Western Contemplation - Dustin Roush, The Bronze Cowboy, and Last of the Real Cowboys. Buffalo Trader Online offers these must-haves at varying sizes and price points sure to fit any space and budget.

Ride'em cowboy!

Posted in Western Art, Western Culture

Four Dead in Five Seconds

Posted on July 29, 2010 by Buffalo Trader Online

Who doesn't love a good Old West movie? And what's a cowboy story without a proper gun fight? When we think of the American 1800's we envision men on horseback wearing bandanas and racing alongside a train with intentions of robbery at gunpoint. We think of saloons where inebriated bravado ended in gun fire. The reality, however, is that more times than not, Old West guns were used for hunting. Only a few very notorious gunfights created our current understanding of life in the American Old West. One of the most notable was an incident that occurred on April 11, 1881.

Located in El Paso, Mr. Dallas Stoudemire was the sixth man in eight months to hold office as city marshal. Dallas was known as being quite the gunman on both sides of the justice system and his time in El Paso would only add to his motley reputation. Just three days after taking office, Stoudemire would be involved in one of El Paso's most notorious gunfights.

On that fateful day, approximately 75 Mexican men rode into El Paso, looking for two young vaqueros who had been killed trying to reclaim their stolen cattle. Constable Gus Krempkau held an inquest where the Camino Real stands today, and the Mexicans were allowed to take the vaqueros' bodies back to their country much to the dismay of George Campbell, former city marshal. Words were exchanged between Campbell and Krempkau as a crowd gathered. John Hale, friend of Campbell was alongside his friend. As tensions flared, Hale grabbed Campbell's gun and fired the first shot killing Krempkau. Stoudemire, who was eating lunch at a nearby saloon, pulled both his guns and ran firing toward the scene. One of his shots hit an innocent Mexican bystander. The next two shots hit Hale and then Campbell, thus ended the "Four dead in five seconds" gunfight of El Paso.

Collectors and storytellers alike are sure to appreciate Denny Karchner's pencil rendition of these historical firearms in his piece called The Three Ubertis. An Italian gun manufacturer, Uberti is internationally known for their fine Western vintage firearms. Buffalo Trader Online has made it possible for you to own an artistic piece of 'smoking barrel' history!

The legend lives!

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