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“Buckskinning”, as this hobby is often called, can be a cheap hobby. If you can sew, you can rendezvous with corduroy pants, calico fabric, and “frontier shirt” patterns from Wal-Mart. If you already own a modern tent or camper, you can camp in the “tin tipi” section, dress in your homemade outfit, and participate in any rendezvous. As you progress into buckskinning, you can acquire a lodge, (ranging from $50.00 to $2000.00 depending on style and whether you buy new or used), muzzleloading rifle ($75.00 to $500.00 - unless you go 'custom' and REALLY spend money), tomahawk ($15.00-$125.00), and an assortment of other goods from campfire irons and leather goods (clothes, moccasins, pouches, etc) to beads and trading goods. All this can be done over a period of weeks to years, depending on your budget. You can find many traders who provide these and other items on the Links page.

The principle of rendezvousing is basic. If they had it in the pre-1840 fur-trade era (generally between the years of 1604-1840), you can have it at rendezvous. Clothing is cut of calico, leather, wool, or other pre-1840 material in frontier patterns. Wood is standard material for chairs, “kitchens”, and clothes boxes. Lodges are made out of canvas or hide. All rifles and handguns must be either percussion cap or flintlock. Iron fire grates and tools, cast iron pots and pans, and tomahawks are standard camp items. All cooking is done over open fire. All food and beverages are in pottery, copper, brass, bone, wood, or pewter dinnerware. Modern coolers and bedding are allowed, but must remain out of site (accomplished by either leaving in your lodge or covering with hides or wool blankets). Light is provided by candle lanterns (tin or wood), oil lamps (only the pre-1840 designs, though), or candle holders made of brass, silver, pewter, wood, forged iron or pottery. Flashlights and any modern lighting SHOULD NEVER BE SEEN (even the faint glow from inside your tent!)

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