- Mar 19, 2021
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- North Central Oregon
Oh my goodness! Burnt River Canyon and on down through the Hereford Valley is rattlesnake paradise. When I worked around that area it was our after-work evening pastime going out for a drive to kill rattlesnakes and red diggers. Rye Valley and Gold Ridge is another area I wore my knee-high boots with loose straight-leg jeans covering the shaft. I took a couple of strikes in my 70 years but never pierced my boots.Hot days in late May or June in the evening I drive up the Burnt River canyon and kill rattle snakes on the road. Deer and elk I hike all over the hills hunting them. When it comes to rattle snakes I am strictly a road hunter.
To return to the hat/cap discussion in those days I wore my 20X custom which was 50% real beaver and I had shaped a bit like my Indian great grandfather's fashion and the rest like my family's cowboy tradition except 4" brim. The tradition was a 5" brim since it started with the Arizona desert side of the family back in the 1800s. I had a straw one made by a guy in Mexico in that tradition. It was great for blocking the sun, but that brim caught way too much wind, and once I moved up to the river, where the wind is almost daily, it became a problem. I was never into the chin string thing.
My other favorite hat was a leather one I made from scraps that were leftover from my custom boots made by an old maker in Baker City. I was visiting friends there and the heel came off my old Lucchese and he fixed it and he had just finished a pair of boots that spoke to me so I laid down a month's wages and ordered a pair. Western-style high top lace-up with a 2 1/4" "cowboy" heel and a little decoration to girl them up. He also had made a hat, so I asked to buy leather for making my own. He obliged with scraps and I paid for some nice softer leather to make a pair of high top lace-up moccasins.
I had a lot of caps in those days with all kinds of names on them. I also had a couple of hard hats that I wore around equipment like backhoes and loaders or felling trees.
A little spontaneous improvisational poetry about beaver cowboy hats for your pleasure this fine morning.
by Faye Fox 03/29/2021
Why the fame for a beaver made hat
They are just rodents, a big wood knawing rat
They are sought by many of both sexes
From the north in Montana to the tip of Texas
20X is 50% beaver with other added felt
Save up some more and get a matching belt
The genuine thing is money well spent
Even if it cost your wages and your monthly rent
Real beaver sheds water better than a bunkhouse roof
Handy this is during a storm when you are out on the hoof
Compare that to soggy saturated wool felt hat
It is like putting out the dog and letting in the cat
Puzzling me most is fine beaver hats worn at the opery
With a chin string hanging down it looks a bit slopery
Assessing the chin string from where I sit
I feel no breeze, so what use is it?