Lead from the Target Tree
Survival on the frontier was often a very close thing. In the fall of 1804, after being "relieved" of their furs, traps, pack horses, blankets and coats by Osage Indians, Nathan Boone and Mathias Van Bibber are left to fend for themselves over 200 miles from the settlements. Out of bullets and battling an early snow storm, their chances for survival are slipping away when they find a tree the Indians have used for target practice. After digging the deformed lead out of the tree, they are able to strike a fire, melt the lead and mold four precious bullets...and survive.
Original Oil on Panel - 30" x 40" $6,000