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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Bold Strokes

Bold Strokes

Contemporary artist Brett Allen Johnson paints a vibrant new picture of the American West. Written by Jenn Thornton In the handful of years that...

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All Over the Map

All Over the Map

Fusing old world technique and today’s technology, Tactile Craftworks creates durable, handcrafted leather goods focused on story and place. Written...

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Lady Behind the Chisel

Lady Behind the Chisel

Among the world’s top engravers, Lisa Tomlin focuses hammer and chisel to transform fine knives and firearms.  Written by Constance Dunn Master...

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Rock Solid

Rock Solid

CLOSING IN ON 50 YEARS AS A HERITAGE BUSINESS, PURVEYOR OF ARTISAN, SOUTHWEST-STYLE JEWELRY, PEYOTE BIRD DESIGNS IS OF THE PRECIOUS, AND THE FEW....

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Driving Force

Driving Force

THE MAN BEHIND BLOOMER TRAILERS BRINGS HIS NAMESAKE BRAND TO THE HEAD OF THE PACK. Written by Constance Dunn If you’ve hit the pro rodeo circuit or...

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Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

From HGTV to Waco, Jimmy Don Holmes is putting personalized positivity into the world—one sign at a time. Written by Constance Dunn A positive or...

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Hometown Brew

Hometown Brew

Creating community in the Fort Worth Stockyards, The Railcar honors the American West… one latte at a time. Written by Constance Dunn When you walk...

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Wearable Art

Wearable Art

  Handmade and customizable, Teressa Foglia’s hats place sustainability at the heart of the creative process. Written by Karine MoniéBefore...

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Dream Weaver

Dream Weaver

The art of Cassidy Fisher threads the handwoven works of The Northern Craft. Written by Jenn Thornton Artist Cassidy Fisher, founder of The Northern...

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Forging the Blade

Forging the Blade

Featuring exotic woods and engraved blades, Graycloud is transforming an age-old tool into stunning works of modern utility and beauty. Written by...

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Canvas Meets Couture

Canvas Meets Couture

Finding the beauty in the old to make something fresh and new, Textile Revival creates art-driven clothes with a rebellious streak. Written by Jenn...

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Forever in the Saddle

Forever in the Saddle

  The passionate pursuit of learning new tricks with Hall of Fame horsewoman Pam Minick.Written by Constance DunnIn 1973, Pam Minick won the...

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Custom of the Country

Custom of the Country

Discover the heritage-style hat brand—and the Montana milliner behind it—turning everyone’s heads.  Written by Jenn Thornton For designer Courtney...

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South Texas Style

South Texas Style

For Double D Ranch, the first family of western couture, some like it haute y’all. Written by Jenn Thornton For 30 years and counting, Double D...

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Call of the Canvas

Call of the Canvas

  American West artist Nicholas Coleman’s brush with greatness.Written by Jenn ThorntonIt is not enough to say that Nicholas Coleman is an...

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More of Les

More of Les

Fellow shopkeepers Richard (left) and Les Ochs (right) For nearly 50 years, Aspen’s Les Ochs has been a “peddler” of Western antiques and goods....

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Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikes

  For Tom Clavin — best-selling author of wildly popular books set in the West — a harrowing World War II survival story about an ordinary man...

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Cars for Stars

Cars for Stars

George Harris of Barris Kustom Industries next to one of John Wayne’s Station Wagons. Hollywood’s leading car customizer — George Barris — devised a...

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On Sacred Ground

On Sacred Ground

The best-selling author of The Revenant returns with another visceral historical thriller. Written by Jenn Thornton A master of the big, visual...

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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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