RAWHIDE
 

Rawhide, made of rusty tools and other objects with a former life, was inspired by men like my dad, granddad, and his cousin who spent their lives cattle ranching in Central Oregon.  My grandfather Charley, left Slade, Kentucky for Denver and then Oregon in 1904 at the ripe old age of 19.  He took a train to Shaniko, an old horse stage from there to Prineville, and finally the mail stage to Paulina on December 26, 1904. He worked for his cousin Billy until he became the first Forest Ranger for the area that would become the Ochoco National Forest. He bought 160 acres in 1914 and expanded that into an 11,000 acre cow/calf operation. 

By 1927 he left the Forest Service to devote himself to ranching full time. In 1956 he
was named Crook County Cattleman of the Year and was also affectionately known
as the honorary ‘Mayor of Paulina’. His youngest son, Lowell, took over the ranch
operations in 1948 and together with my mom raised my 2 brothers and me along the headwaters of the Crooked River 56 miles from the nearest high school. They taught Duane, Walt, and I that our word was our bond.

The sunburned material of Rawhide is a fitting tribute to these men acquainted with hardship and hard work. On a lighter side you’ll notice the cast iron Singer sewing machine base across his back (from the era of the singing cowboy). You will also discover a vice in his gut because every cowboy seems to have at least one!

 

 

 

 

 


INVENTORY  of  “RAWHIDE”  (steel cowboy)

Post hole digger
Shovels
Hoes
Golf clubs
Horse shoes
Cylinder cap
Bridle bit
Wrenches
Hitch balls
Cable
Muffler guard
Sewing machine frame
Saw blades
Sprinkler head
Strap hinge
Spoons
Forks
Wood stove burner lifter
U-joints
Transmission oil pan
Rakes
Tricycle seat
C-clamps
Rotary brush
Jumper cable clamp
Steel fence post plates
Bench vise

Hat crown
Boot tops, torso
Hat crown
Cheeks
Jaws
Shoulders
Belly
Arm bones
Humerus
Rope
Chest
Back (era of singing cowboys)
Wooly chaps
Heart
Back
Eyes, chin
Hair
Triceps
Knees
Glutes
Chap fringe
Groin
Pelvis
Mustache
Nose
Hind pockets
Gut

Fabricated one of a kind.

81" H x 31" L

Central Oregon


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