THE JOURNAL

The Journal is a collection of stories that celebrate the legacy of John Wayne through art, events, special collaborations, and more.

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Road-Forged

Road-Forged

Artist Madison Hampton created Vancrafted Studio en route to her dreams. Written by Constance Dunn It was 2014. Madison Hampton had graduated from...

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Puttin’ on the Glitz

Puttin’ on the Glitz

In the tradition of decorative rodeo tailoring, Fort Lonesome finds the perfect fit in custom embroidered westernwear. Written by Jenn Thornton...

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Air Craft

Air Craft

When it comes to creating and restoring the nose art of historic warbirds, Chad Hill is aces. Written by Jenn Thornton “I grew up watching John...

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Western Reunion

Western Reunion

Photograph by Bart Ashford Hold your horses! Art of the Cowgirl is back in the saddle in Bozeman this June. Written by Jenn Thornton No one needs to...

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Force of Nature

Force of Nature

Artist and naturalist Obi Kaufmann heeds the call of the wild in California. Written by Jenn Thornton Obi Kaufman describes himself as, first and...

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Roots & Boots

Roots & Boots

Founder of Ranch Road Boots, Sarah Ford Kickin’ it with the founder of Ranch Road Boots—and Marine Corps veteran—Sarah Ford. Written by Jenn...

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Brave Heart

Brave Heart

Endless Summer bandanas by Jenni Earle A contemporary bandana brand based in courage and authenticity, Jenni Earle is bringing a positive message to...

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Native Americana

Native Americana

Creators of Ginew, Amanda Bruegl and Erik Brodt. Photo by Josue Rivas The only indigenous-made denim line in the world, Ginew fuses Native American...

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In Stitches

In Stitches

With bold, modern interpretations of a classic America craft, Vacilando Studios has its hands full. Written by Jenn Thornton In 2013, while...

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Art & Soul

Art & Soul

Woodworker and installation artist Aleksandra Zee heads an emergent class of contemporary craft-makers in the modern America West. Written by Jenn...

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Focus on the West

Focus on the West

For more than 25 years, Arizona-based photographer Scott Baxter has been depicting authentic Western and ranch culture.  Written by Karine Monié...

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Western Frame of Mind

Western Frame of Mind

In Montana, self-taught photographer Kristen Schurr captures the Western lifestyle and cowboy culture.  Written by Karine Monié Photographer Kristen...

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Art in Balance

Art in Balance

Duke Beardsley presents everlasting images of the American West against a contemporary canvas. Written by Constance Dunn Throughout the American...

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Saddlery to Stardom

Saddlery to Stardom

The small Colorado saddle shop that John Wayne brought to Hollywood and beyond. Written by JocLene Davey Decades after his death, and still a...

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Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand

Longtime partner of John Wayne Enterprises, Case Knives has been producing pocket candy for more than a century. Written by Wendy Bowman If you grew...

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Shooting the West

Shooting the West

Rancher and photographer Skye Clark is capturing authentic Western life as it happens. Written by Constance Dunn “We’re making history every day,”...

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In Her Hands

In Her Hands

Artist, climber and outdoors enthusiast, Jaclyn Souza takes the wheel of Uzumati Ceramics. Written by Jenn Thornton “I’ve always been a creative...

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Authentic Style

Authentic Style

Founded in 1946, Rockmount pioneered the snap-button Western shirt. Rooted in Western principles, fourth generation-run Rockmount is a classic...

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Eye of the Everyday

Eye of the Everyday

With a sharp perspective, Scott Slusher’s lens captures the American West at work. Written by Constance Dunn A Scott Slusher image is distinctive,...

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Leaving a Mark

Leaving a Mark

Isaac Childs, founder and CEO of Rustico. Inspired by the spirit of adventure, Rustico leather places authenticity and craftsmanship at its heart....

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The Finishing Touch

The Finishing Touch

Designer Judy Augur Like the artisan, Western-chic handbags she designs for her eponymous California brand, Judy Augur is one of a kind. Written by...

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