Scrapbook Eighteen…




Some of the bells Forrest made to bury deep in the ground. He has buried eight bells or jars with his name and date on them. Each is in a remote area somewhere and he said he could not go back and find them even if he wanted to. He plans to bury another dozen, including the ones pictured. These are 10-12 inches tall.




20 thoughts on “Scrapbook Eighteen…

  1. Some things come to mind:

    A well thought out treasure (chest) is easier to find then one done on the fly (jar).

    Don’t be put off by people who have the most expensive gadgets equipment or money.
    More deer are taken with cheap hundred dollar rifles then the most expensive ones. Some people need to hire a guide and shown where the deer are. Heck the guide will even shoot the deer if they miss.

    Just my opinions:)

    Wish everyone the thrill of the hunt………….need to come back to this in a month. Otherwise I’ll just get bent and frustrated waiting for the snow to break.


  2. Has he stated his purpose in burying these bells? That might be a stupid question, but it seems pointless

    • If you read his memoir, otherwise known as “the book” and sometimes called by it’s title, The Thrill of the Chase, the reason will become quite clear. Let me say that it is similar to the reason that he hid the chest.

      • You know what the first rule of sailing is? …Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘verse, but you take
        a boat to the sea you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
        her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurting ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.

        —Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

  3. I really love these…haven’t seen anything like them before. I think he should ask me to help him dig the holes *sneaky grin*

  4. Thanks Dal for all the hard work.

    Should never take anyone for granted, while chasing stones one may loose the diamonds on the way.

    Dam snow…………

  5. Hey Dal,

    The bells are magnficent!The frogs are very odd.The feet are kind of creepy.May be of  some significance.Regards KEN

  6. I appreciate the Frogs above all your works. They represent a generousity within the Artist and a meaning for the simple life. I know they took a long time create and maybe someday before I die I may see one on display with a “Please Touch” sign. Would I bury them? No way! .

  7. I can’t seem to find any mention anywhere of page 11 in the book. Forrest talks about important literature
    and tells the story line from “For whom the bells tolls” which is really the story line from “All quiet on the western front. Is this a “clue” or an “error”?

    • Actually, the story he talks about is not ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ – a book by Erich Maria Remarque about German Soldier Paul Baumer and the difficulty of soldiers returning to civilian life after the experience of combat in WWI — it is ‘A Farewell to Arms’, which is another ‘WW1 Combat Story’ story by Ernest Hemingway about a love affair between expatriate American Hospital Driver Frederick Henry and Catherine Barkley against the backdrop of World War I, cynical soldiers, fighting and the displacement of populations (think what the U.S. Cavalry did to the Chiricahua during the Indian Wars in Arizona and New Mexico) .. ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, also by Hemingway (hence Forrest’s “confusion”) is about Guerilla Fighters during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s and a love affair between expatriate Robert Jordan and Spanish Beauty Maria ..

      I think it is definitely a clue, as Editorial Proofreaders – and Professional Editors, who probably read Ernest at some time in their Cowboy College Career – would most likely have caught the mistake ..


  8. Dal,
    I thought I read or heard somewhere that Forrest buried a bell or a jar
    in close vicinity of the hidden treasure. Have you or anyone heard anything like this?

    • Hi Linda,

      Thanks for sharing that observation, it made me look again.
      The female figure reminds me a bit of the gypsy dancer on P43.

      I’ve sometimes wondered whether the frog feet looking like W’s was relate to the end of the rainboW

        • Not sure where the “if” came from but the buffalo and the porcupine jar lid is definitely one of my favorites that Forrest has made. Did he ever announce what he put in besides his biography?

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