Scrapbook Two Hundred Twenty Nine…


November, 2019

Medicinal Mojo Necklace 

About 1973 or 4, when I was still young to Santa Fe, my thin wallet’s shadow could not shade my fat ideas. With my wife’s wisdom and energy at my side we worked to make opportunities happen.

That’s how I came into a few thousand strands of antique Venetian, Dutch, and French glass trade beads. Sosoko, a beautiful African man brought them to me strung on native grasses.  

The more I studied the beads the more I was drawn into them. Even large bits of information I received were not enough. I learned that some beads were simple, while others were compound, mandrel wound, drawn, glob wound, and rolled on a marver. I even hired some kids on the island of Murano, off of Venice, Italy, to dive down and bring up sweepings from a few hundred years of bead making. 

After a few years of study, I decided to write a book about ancient beadmaking and beadmakers. Finally, I learned enough to know that I couldn’t write the book. The subject was just too complex for me. And now, here I am with all of these beads. 

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Some of my mojo beads

So I started making necklaces, and here is one of them. 

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The Mojo necklace

I guess I’ve made 200 or more in 3 and 5 strands. I strung them at night while we watched Johnny Carson and they sold in our gallery so fast that we almost ran out of sales slips. 

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My bead making kit

The diagnostic medical descriptions below are Sosoko’s. He recited them to me one hot day when we both were high on cold Coca Colas. There are a few non-bead items strung on. I did that to give balance to the power of the necklace. Every item is old and authentic. The orange coral spacer beads are from the Mediterranean Ocean. As I describe each bead see if you can find it on the necklace.

  1. Red Peking bead. Helps reduce your blood pressure when the witch next door takes your parking spot.
  2. Argentinian German coin dated 1930. Can be used if you are in Argentina and need to take the bus home from a blind date.
  3. Green faceted Russian trade bead, dug up, ca 1810. Prevents dings, lesions, and scratches when you are attacked by a woman who is jealous of your good looks. 
  4. Ancient Venetian Millefiori (a thousand flowers) bead. Prevents sleep if you suffer from catalepsy.
  5. Three paternoster (chevron) beads. Gives you 3 times your normal protection while you’re drinking in saloons. Doesn’t work after 2am if Brad Pitt is present. 
  6. Ancient vaseline bead from Jakarta. This bead has such catch-all healing prowess that it can only be described in 3 mother languages.
  7. Ancient projectile point from Texas. Made from Edwards Plateau Chert. Protects you from those who would lessen your desirability. Doesn’t work when Playboy photographers are in the neighborhood. 
  8. Metal girl’s shoe buckle. Picked up on the Santa Fe Trail where it was lost about 1850. It adds nothing to this necklace but wonderment.
  9. Ancient eye bead from polynomia. Copied from 2,000-year-old Egyptian faience beads. It warns you when your mother-in-law approaches. Inoperative during Christmas and Thanksgiving. 
  10. Five-inch John Campbell bone hair pipe, ca 1860. Was originally a hair drop owned by a Blackfeet Indian maiden. Helps keep you awake during PTA meetings.
  11. Rattlesnake vertebra from the Galisteo Basin in New Mexico. If you walk through the forest it will prevent your knees from clanking together and scaring the rabbits.
  12. Copper hawk bell from a Cheyenne woman hide dress, ca 1850. Contains the original Klanker. Warns you when weird men approach you in a bar. Doesn’t work after you’ve had 4 beers. 
  13. Yellow/orange amber bead from Afghanistan, ca mid-1700s. It keeps your face from turning red when you embarrass yourself at Christmas parties. 
  14. Handmade mother of pearl blouse button, ca 1880. Keeps you from having a wardrobe malfunction when the wind over 40 knots. Especially useful at outside Justin Bieber concerts.  
  15. Copper gear from a pocket watch, ca 1880. Makes time tic faster when you’re at the opera or your mother-in-law’s house. 
  16. Generic female silver Milagro from a church in Oaxaca, ca 1825. Instills energy when you’re talking on the phone with an obnoxious woman. Tells you when to hang up in her face. 
  17. Brass US Army Cavalry button from an officer’s uniform, ca 1876. Slows food intake. Doesn’t work with tapioca and most flavors of ice cream. It automatically malfunctions if you are eating a hot dog with mustard, dill relish, sauerkraut, salt and pepper, and tabasco. 
  18. Green sentinel bead, ca mid-1700s. Jingles against your skin to alert you when you’re standing under mistletoe and an obnoxious jerk kind of guy is somewhere around your close area. 
  19. Malachite bead, ca 1740, from New Caledonia. Helps you retain mental blockages when a Politian asks you for a donation.    
  20. Experienced German silver cross, ca 1750. Will give you strength physically, mentally, spiritually, and morally, if your faith is strong enough, and if it isn’t, you’d better be very careful. f





181 thoughts on “Scrapbook Two Hundred Twenty Nine…

  1. I’d like to place an order for a necklace with one #20, and the rest #5s and #9s — I’m preparing for the holidays with the in-laws, and a long, cold winter.

    Thanks for the scrapbook Forrest!

    • well its a lot better then dropping on hill 937 what a hell saved by you and others ty for your service you saved the way for many of men including my self ty Sir for 29 and everything your life represents. i love beads.

      • a better memory then hamburger hill and no it was not worth it in my view
        i’m sure many men agree with me but your job was vital and saved many lives.

  2. Forrest,

    I absolutely love this SB. Especially the John Campbell bone pipe. I could use it during PTA meetings.

    Keep them coming!

    Robert Szelinski

  3. Now that’s impressive Forrest. I just might need a necklace like that. Maybe I can make a trade down the road or up your creek.

    Thanks Forrest,

    • Meaning Of Sosoko Letters Name Sosoko meaning of letter S. Down to earth people who have their feet on the ground. They are practical and live an organized life. Name Sosoko meaning of letter O. Introverts who like to be alone and have a tendency to isolate themselves. Academically strong, they like to learn new things and to gather knowledge.

      But there’s more…….

  4. Beads! I knew they were involved somehow. Now which beads, I’ve been carrying around a pocketful, way lighter than rocks and chunks of wire. I read somewhere beads can be found on the anthills scattered amongst the Rocky mountains.

  5. Absolutely an amazing humourist script! Nicely done, nicely done. Good ol slapstick humour at its best. I wonder if those kids in Venice used scuba gear or snorkels.

    This SB is one of the best! Thanks Forrest.

    • Alsetenash,

      I’ve seen it mentioned numerous times over the last year or two about scuba gear and/or snorkels. What brought you to that conclusion because I’ve been contemplating this very thought. Maybe in or around water that’s not too deep.

      Also, does that look like an X next to the mojo necklace? On the left.

      Also, I was chuckling all the way thru. Forrest is a Joker!


      • @ByGeorge. I meant nothing to do with water, as in the chest being in water. See FF’s safety tips on this blog, he clearly states it’s not under water.

        I was being humorous via rhetorical when I said scuba gear and snorkelling. I said that pertaining to the depths in which them folks go into in research for their attempting to deciphering and decode FF’s SBs- very deep ( requiring scuba gear to breathe) to just below the surface ( snorkelling to breathe) .

        IMO .

        • Alsetenash,

          I seen where you mentioned that in sb228 but wasn’t sure if it was just a redundancy or not. Thanks for the reply!


  6. Wow Forrest, you are truly a multi-faceted individual. You have led an extraordinary life.

  7. What a lovely international conglomeration of beads and trinkets. You could call it a Mojo Codexlace.

  8. Nice, very nice. I wish I could have one. I need protection now more than ever, especially from my in-laws.

  9. This is the “stuff” ff should place in his Scrapbooks. So his knowlege is not lost!
    One never knows who or what may stumble across his notes and find an interest or discover it is something they too love and enjoyl

    Eric Sloane’s works…. ff brought those to me and I absolutely love his books.
    Recently I ordered the Trapper book ff likes so much to read up on more history. I even bought a pair of miniature furry boots with snowshoes on them for my Christmas tree this year. To symbolize I am part of the chase now and to remember in years to come as I hang that little trinket on my tree.

    So many valuable things have come out of the “chase” and it all started with Mr. F’s Book. Never mind the treasure many seek. The treasures I’ve found have been priceless!

  10. That necklace is some powerful mojo you have there, Forrest, and your writing is the best in the known universe! I couldn’t help but wonder, though, if you were speaking metaphorically about searchers and their solves, when you said,

    “The more I studied the beads the more I was drawn into them. Even large bits of information I received were not enough. I learned that some beads were simple, while others were compound, mandrel wound, drawn, glob wound, and rolled on a marver.”

    It seems that your life and ours (searchers) has definitely become intertwined in many ways. It seems like that German silver cross might be the most important medicine of all. As another wise person once said, “Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.” (Words spoken by Doris Walker in Miracle on 34th St., 1947).

    This is definitely a keeper, and I am sure you are going to get many requests for that necklace! Truly, a work of art.

  11. What a great scrapbook Forrest!
    You never disappoint. I could use a necklace like that on my next botg…

  12. Somebody please complement me on the great squaw wrap at the top of the necklace, Not many even Indians can make one that good, To relieve the tension on the cotton string I rolled it under an old right-foot Hush Puppy shoe I found in my closet under some notes about a book I started to write years ago. Guess I need to clean out that closet. Maybe the left-shoe is under there someplace. f

      • I did notice the awesome wrapping at the top, but didn’t know it was called a squaw wrap. You were good at improvising with that Hush Puppy!

    • That clasp shows how talented you are Forrest!
      I have been a bead stringer and designer almost my whole life!
      But as always everything you do is Exquisite! Unique and stands out for everything you do!
      Your example has taught me and many of us so much! Your a natural!
      Much Respect

      • I have to agree with the expert, Lou Lee, mostly because I don’t have a clue. I’m not sure that necklace will help tonight, though, but I’ll be rooting for your team to kick plenty of long field goals.

      • Oh Looking closer no clasp. Thought it was one of those loop, knot ones.
        Wow continues. Very nice!
        You amazing me!

    • Forrest,

      That is some fine weaving work. Love many of those numbers. Including 1, 7, 8, 14, and 18. Seems like every trail in life ends at the cross. If you find the other shoe let me know if you will sell the pair……I would love to walk a mile in them.

    • I showed it to an expert and they said that’s an awesome squaw wrap. They are wondering if you could show them how to riddle stitch. I just told them to read your SBs’s and poem . Lol.

          • Thanks for this, Lisa! Never have I seen that one.

            I think he’s enjoying watching us all ‘work’ these. Hence the pace of the lead dog in this thrill of the Scrapbook chase!

            Keep up! Lol

            IMO .

          • Lisa, I like “Forrest just keeps stringing us along…”. Funny.

            I’ve been told before that I could use a little trail mojo, and this necklace has more than enough mojo to do the trick. Rattlesnake vertebrae, in case you “need a little backbone.” Barb wire/ bob wire which screams stay off my lawn and protects from would -be trespassers. Finally, not one cross but two to show you the way.

    • Great job, Forrest! I love the scrapbook and the necklace. You knock it out of the park every time.

    • Forrest – You amaze me. Such beautiful and creative designs! And true meticulousness in the making. I value that in beadwork, which.I used to do in my teens. What is the thread shown in your bead kit? Have you ever had one of the necklaces you made break? That can be a nightmare. Especially if Brad Pitt causes it, after 2:00am, and then has to pick up all the beads from the dance floor, at that nightclub we like to go to on Sunset Boulevard. I will just wear high heels and a short skirt, just in case.

      Can I borrow your right Hush Puppy shoe? That seems to be a brilliant solution to a perfect squaw wrap. Like yours. But not like the very bad one done on this Vintage necklace:

      I am thinking the in-laws were over for storytelling by the fire, and it was getting too dark outside for the Navajo artist to see.

      Love your sense of humor. And the history and meaning you shared about each of the treasured beads and objects you included in this Mojo Necklace. I can feel its power.

    • Nice wwwhrap up top. I know a few odd Cowboys that can wrap about it. If the slipper fits, at least we have the right-foot ING.This book is still righting itself, and That ain’t how MY book ends. (:

    • The way you weaved it to sit snug around the neck and not irritate the wearer is so creative. You are so remarkable,Forrest.

    • Sure Forrest, I’ll give it a shot to complement that wrap. Add over it, in three equal sections, dyed nylon threading. The placement is your choice but make the 3 colors… Red, Yellow, and Black. After all, that’s where the home of Brown is.

    • My complements to the jewelry artist.

      Those wraps are so soft they don’t irritate even the most delicate of skin. I’ve seen one of your three strand beauties first hand Forrest, and it was as captivating as your description here is entertaining.

      Tusend Tak – a thousand thanks – in Swedish.

      Hey, do you have any old Scandinavian beads, coins or tiny treasures that I could purchase or trade? I know you like to trade;-)

    • That’s an exquisite necklace Forrest. This scrapbook has been my favorite out of all of your scrapbooks, it even brought tears to my eyes. My mother taught me how to make beaded jewelry when I was a young kid. She used to sell her stuff at craft shows and the like. She was also a full time respiratory therapist at 2 large hospitals here in Minnesota, working overnights at both of them at the same time. She had a terminal lung disease, ideopathic pulminary fibrosis and it kills most within 1 year of diagnosis. My mom was in college when she was diagnosed, she was going to college to be a lung doctor because most of my 4 siblings and I had asthma. She graduated college, got two full time positions in hospitals in the area and did that for 5 years with the limitations of an incurable degenerative illness. My mother is my Hero, and I know she was for others also. I was only 16 when she passed away and it’s been almost 20 years now. It’s probably time to go to the cemetery and pour warm waters on the flowers. Sometimes being there brings back the memories I dont want to remember and maybe that’s why I dont go much. This scrapbook triggered the happy memories of my mom and I thank you so much for that.

      Take care my friend.

    • I see the wrap. I also see the added photo of the bead chest/container Forrest. Right and left are hard to decipher in some cases, but yes…I see it.

      Great job.

      It’s a beautiful wrap.

      I’m not sure I’m the one to comment on knowing anything about anything.

      Hopefully I’m not totally totaled out…

      Thank you for this scrapbook. Faith and luck are synonymous sometimes. We’ll see. Maybe at some point in history.

    • So much Confirmation Bias at work again….sigh. It’s just too far to travel on a ‘what if’.

    • The fourth time I read this story, and after coming across some heavy loads just today, not exaclty where I expected, I’m drawing the conclusion to keep mapping the poem and keep an eye on the prize. A bit more information is needed…and then maybe it’s not such a long flight.

    • I think it’s great idea. A squaw wrap is definitely worth looking, as it serves a purpose too. I have always just knotted at the end using the beads as the Wrap.
      The variety in the pattern, or maybe lack of is nice too.

    • Lovely Squaw wrap, Forrest. Now pull out that manuscript about the Taos artists, and finish that book, please.
      You said that each room at San Lazaro that is not excavated is a chapter we will never know.
      The same is true of your “closet manuscripts”!

    • Dal – Did I see several Ancient Amber Beads in Forrest’s kit?:

      “Ancient amber bead. Promotes romance and adds strength to your argument.”

      I provided the link to that contest, where Forrest gave away a necklace he made and described, in a reply to Alsetenash. That’s where I got that quote. Also a very funny rundown.

      Hey, who won that contest?

  13. Wow Forest. Who knew!
    I must say I am so glad you wisely used those orange coral spacers in between each item. It’s my understanding that if any two should touch, the exact opposite affect would occur. Just think what could have happened if a Handmade Mother of Pearl Blouse Button was touching a Five-inch John Campball Bone Pipe!

  14. Holy cow Forrest. I go out for a bike ride and come back to yet another SB. I agree with everyone else; great humor, beautiful workmanship, and a little bit of history all wrapped up in a necklace.

    But there’s something else going on that I can’t put my finger on right now concerning women.


  15. What’s the nail polish used for Forrest?

    I remember you apply it to your wooly worms for waterproofing.

  16. Very funny Forrest, now where do I place my order, my anniversary is coming up on the 18th. I might need some good mojo.

  17. Those beads are won Motley Crew; looks like something an L.A. woman might string around her neck.

  18. Forrest;

    #7: Ancient projectile point from Texas. Made from Edwards Plateau Chert. Protects you from those who would lessen your desirability. Doesn’t work when Playboy photographers are in the neighborhood.

    Sure looks like the Arrow Point that you found when you were 9 years old in Texas with your Father. I suspect that it is a different one, but it sure looks familiar – WOW – What if it were??? JDA

  19. I showed this necklace to my mother. She told me about our relatives and the necklaces that they made for her. She got them all out and told me the stories that go with each one. She really likes the one that f made.
    Now I am going through my meager jewelry collection for anything that I can make into a necklace that tells my story…
    a couple of bolos, a chain that used to be on my old motorcycle hat. I now use it to keep my leg attached when I ride. I found a couple of my fathers rings, a lot of keys, and some steel nuts in the garage.
    let’s see what I come up with..

  20. My grandmother had a tin cookie box where she kept all the extra buttons, buckles and trinkets that she kept…just in case she needed them someday. As a child, it provided hours of entertainment when I was fortunate to spend the day with her. She also had a box of empty wooden spools. The wonderment of what toys you could make by stringing oddities together provided such memories that now I have my own “button box.” Somehow, my grandkids aren’t at all interested in seeing what treasures they might find in that box, probably because it’s not connected to the internet.

  21. That’s a lot of good mojo!! I had a green jade bear fetish I wore for protection…but my bad mojo(ways) started putting a crack in it….so I had to stop wearing it!!

  22. Malachite is a beautiful stone. I have a piece from Idar-Oberstein I got in the 70’s. Cool how your necklaces tell their own stories.

  23. Beads last almost forever. I wonder how many more times the same beads will be recycled into new ornaments again in the distant future..

    Some archaeologist will have her work cut out when she finds that bunch in 2483.

  24. I really like that necklace! It’s like a buffet of ancient treasures. I would like to borrow it for a weekend come spring. Great job Forrest on the design and workmanship. I used to know all my knots but I’m a bit Rusty. Right now I’m wearing a Shungite necklace to protect against EMFS. I have some issues with all this radiation flying through the air…. Funny SB, you have not lost your sense of humor or ability to write.. keep going..

  25. Well I think I found them all except for #9, which appears to be the odd bead out. Does anyone else see where the eye bead is on the necklace?
    (Not that it would have been especially useful for me this time of year. Maybe I’ll be able to find one on my next trip out to polynomia?)

    • Blex – Great catch! I think I see a flat, pointed gray bead with an ‘Eye’ on it, underneath the German cross.

      Check this Egyptian faience necklace out, featuring the Eye of Horus:

      Eye of Horus, Eye of RA

      Left or Right Eye? Nikolai?

      Thinking about the Circumpunct again, 777…

      And the 9th clue in the Poem…

      In my solve at Baker’S Hole, that is:

      “If you are brave and in the wood,
      I give you title to the gold.”

      That corresponds to the left eye on a left profile facing Smil•e on my Satellite View topo map. The ‘Eye’ is a Ponder•O•S•A pine, the Montana State tree. There is an ‘Eye’ irritation or tear, in the form of a smaller pine, close to it. A ‘wood’ can be two pines, right? Gotta go look at the Montana State Seal. It’s the Treasure State, after all.

      And that wonderous ‘Poly-nomia’ place in Forrest’s imagination means ‘Many-term’ (no ‘l’ or ‘Noel’ for Forrest’s Christmas return, at the end, from Vietnam?) Is Forrest referring to the Eye of RA/Horus, the Circumpunct, the Alchemical Symbol for Gold, the All-Seeing Eye, the Evil Eye..?

      You can’t hide that ‘Eye’ bead on that Mojo Neclace from me, Forrest! I believe wearing the ‘Evil Eye’ provides powerful protection. Maybe hiding the bronze chest behind an ‘Eye’ provides protection for the treasure location, also.

        • Lisa Cesari – You could be connecting some important threads together here. I don’t believe the Gandhi thread goes anywhere, however.

          In “Tea with Olga” Forrest associates the color green (through the tea color) with the pleasant, final resting place of Olga and her father in the woods with the forest animals on the side of Taos Mountain. The treasure is also “in the wood”. Perhaps being watched over by a protective or symbolic eye like the bead? I think that there’s a strong connection to the green eye beads with death and the afterlife.

          This scrapbook ties in with a few of Forrest’s vignettes, most notably “Osiris King of Gods” and “Faience Protector of the Dead”:

          The green eye beads I am looking for in this scrapbook I am basing on the ones that appear in the faience vignette (particularly the round green one in the lower right with a pupil on each side, and the round green one in the upper right that appears to have 5 or 6 smaller pupils on it). I do not believe that the pointed gray bead in the above photo is a likely candidate.

          There’s also the vignette about the “all-seeing eye” Scarab and the Falcon Mummy, which remind me of Mummy Joe from scrapbook #92. The vignette entries also include a link at the top to a much larger catalog of Forrest’s artifacts. Maybe you can find some more interesting tidbits sifting through those?

          • Blex – Thank you for posting Forrest’s two Vignettes scrapbooks. I had read them and looked at the beads. I think the angular gray bead on top of that grey pointed object (the copper clockworks?), at the end of one of the three strands, under the German silver cross, is the ‘Eye bead from Polynomia’. Look at the ones on the Osiris necklace. I came to that conclusion, late last night.

            What did the Romans call Egypt, again? Hi, Cleopatra.

            Isis was resourceful, wasn’t she? Conceiving Horus without the golden Phallus of Osiris. Impressive. Cleopatra needed my illustrious ancestor, Julius Caesar, to father Caesareon. How do you pronounce that ‘ae’ ligature? Note: they dropped the ‘a’ and left the ‘e’ in my name. Which literally means, ‘of Caesar’, just like Caesareon does.

          • Blex – Aegyptus was formerly called the Ptolemaic Kingdom, a reference to Cleopatra’s lineage, until Augustus defeated Marc Antony.


            #15 – The copper watchworks is what I think that previously discussed pendant is.

      • Blex – Ghandi on ‘polynomia’:

        And using a word that describes multiple things, like ‘bank’ does. Thanks, Ghandi. I think, in India, they put a jewel on a woman’s ‘third eye’, don’t they?

        Giggles, Forrest.

          • Blue Fox – You are welcome! Looks interesting! You can do an interlibrary loan, if your library doesn’t find it. But my search buddy is a Fly fishing Librarian.

    • Polynomial – Nomial is a noun which means many terms (like a polynomial equation) or many names. Could Forrest be talking about a place with many names?

      • Blue Fox – Yes!

        In my search area:

        Brown’s Camp (1911 map)
        Baker’s Hole

        Riverside (original name)
        West Yellowstone

        The Burnt Hole (Osborne Russell’s book)
        Hebgen Lake

        Madison Junction???
        Ojo Caliente???

        Others? Anyone?

      • Blue Fox – That is the definition of polynomial when used as an adjective. Polynomia sounds more like a noun than an adjective. Here’s the noun definition of polynomial:

        “an expression of more than two algebraic terms, especially the sum of several terms that contain different powers of the same variable(s).”

        That reminds me of the poem itself. The location of the treasure is the polynomial and the poem is the equation. Just another way of telling us to marry the poem up to a map and find the spot where all the clues cross. Figure out where all the clues add up, and treasure you will find!

        • And I wonder if earth and water could be considered as basic variables that are repeated and applied different powers in the various clues of the poem? Or maybe that’s too algebraic.

    • Hmm… Heidini, Maybe Wooden nickles 🙂 Wow! what a fun scrapbook!!! I love the Millefiori beads!!!

    • Heidini – Yes!

      And so interesting!

      The Element Nickel. What’s in a name? From the German word Nickel, which means “Old Nick,” a name for the devil. Also from the German word for the mineral niccolite, kupfernickel, which means “Old Nick’s copper.”

      Checked the name ‘Nikolai’, who was a magical painter. But no relation.

  26. Thank you Sosoko & Forrest.

    In 2 African languages, Zulu & Swahili, “Sosoko” translates to “market” and I think that’s just perfect for your friend who Started your bead fascination and also delivered many African statues to your doorstep.

    • Forrest, what beads do you recommend if a green faced Russian witch is peeking in my windows, and steeling my #33 parking spot at the Justin Bieber concert?

  27. I already started my necklace.
    I laced the leather cords from my two bolo ties in the links of the chain. Then I attached some keys by using some O rings. I attached two of my fathers rings and his leatherman knife also. I found a Christmas necklace with a red chili and used that for color.
    I will ask my mother for something of hers to hang on it also.
    My intent is to only use items that I find around the house, and that were personal.

  28. I think Forrest made this necklace for the coming Peggy’s B-day present. Made with art, care and love. IMO.

  29. Some thoughts:
    -when you focus narrowly on something or define it carefully you “get a bead” or “draw a bead” on it. In this expression the term “bead” comes from the former name for the little metal bump on the end of a gun barrel which helped the shooter aim precisely at a target.
    -The technique of finishing the ends of necklace in a squaw wrap is related to “whipping” which is a term related to finishing ropes by wrapping a cord around the rope/ropes such as is done in the squaw wrap.
    – marrying the ends of a rope or string

    Forrest, your fly tying skills transitioned into fascinating one of a kind jewelry making! I can’t even thread a needle for Pete’s sake .

  30. Forrest I love what you did with those beads and your story! I believe there is no end to your creativity and ability to captivate our attention while adeptly hiding any hints, likely placed in plain sight, from even the most perceptive minds among us. It’s been going on 10 years now, yet no one has retrieved the chest. Rumors run rampant that someone might have the solve. That would be the mysterious and mythical hunter or lead searcher or perhaps just the community’s overactive imagination. It is curious though that, even if true, the gold still remains hidden where you left it. I’ve been tossing that point around in my head for a while now. It now appears likely, that we have all winter to hone our skills and prepare for one more season. You’ve said it can’t be found over spring break, so when the timing is right, perhaps one of us will have put in sufficient time to solve and retrieve your elusive trove. One never really knows for sure what the future holds. What we do know is adventures continue to await those of us daring to take part in TTOTC!

  31. Hello, all. This is all just my opinion. If some searcher stumbles across this in a few years, remember that you’re reading the words of an idiot on the internet.

    I’m all caught up. I’d been avoiding most forums, but joined one a few months ago and mostly wrote posts and deleted them before posting publicly, or shortly thereafter. I’ve read all the Scrapbooks and pretty much every square inch of this and the other highly trafficked sites.

    I’d been wondering what, if any, clues could be provided in these scrapbooks. Let me know if the following makes sense or not, in a kind way, if possible. People seem divided into a few camps (let me know if I miss yours).

    1. The scrapbooks do not provide hints to the clues and are interesting and entertaining and it’s always fun to know how Mr Fenn thinks, because understanding how he thinks can assist us, at least a little bit.

    2. The scrapbooks contain hints–or some of them do–and these hints are for specific searchers only.

    3. The scrapbooks contain hints–or some of them do–and these hints are for all searchers to use freely if they can find the hints.

    Did I miss any camps? If not, I think it’s fair to eliminate number 2 above, simply because it would not be fair if he’s giving hints only to specific searchers. That would risk jeopardizing his entire legacy and that of the chase itself. Remember how Masquerade was jeopardized? Mr Fenn is not going to jeopardize his treasure hunt. At least, not in my opinion. It wouldn’t fit with his character. But I also can’t help but thinking that this treasure hunt is a really Skippy thing to do, and that Skippy is certainly proud, because it’s definitely a Fenn Family idea.

    That said, I do find it interesting that he continues to share publicly and freely like this. I mean, there’s enough material here for another book or two or three or whatever several and many mean. People would buy those books.

    This raises an interesting question. Mr Fenn is generating all this great writing for all the searchers and not charging us for it. Why? Well, if you’re into idea three above, he’s leveling the playing field by giving them out for free. Many searchers aren’t wealthy financially and having to buy additional high quality books with color photos could lead to divorces and so on.

    If the essence in theory number one above is correct (just entertainment, and no hints involved), in my opinion, then we really need to think about how intense that is. He’s written so many wildly interesting recollections for us to consider and he’s then given them away for free.

    It fits the profile of a man who’d give away a large amount of valuables in a treasure hunt, but there’s a point where all of us should acknowledge that there are things worth more than gold in terms of a human existence. Money is good for somethings, but not all of them.

    The sense of wonder and the fun learning about different things and history and locations and events. I mean, someone will find it, in 1 or 1,000 years, but the idea that we’re alive now and getting regular encouragement, perhaps a little ribbing at times, but definitely entertainment from this guy is really something to experience.

    Until this treasure is found, I’ll continue to enjoy the chase and the hours thinking about where warm waters halt. And pouring over maps and reading the poem and the book. It’s good to be part of this group of treasure hunting maniacs.

    I read some book many years ago where a smart female author whose name escapes me said something like “life is madness and it’s the purpose of artists to create art and double the madness.”

    Mr Fenn has clearly increased the madness and it’s lovely. It’s a very strange work of art indeed which begins as words and then motivates thousands each year into the Rocky Mountains. Heck, I don’t know of many nature writers who could move 100 people off their (slang for donkeys) and out into nature. I mean, that’s mostly what I read and I’ve never gone to those places they write about in their books. Motivation is really funny. This treasure is the greatest carrot to come around in a long time. I really hope these scrapbooks aren’t the stick, although that would be really funny. It would make us all–in all forms of the phrase–bad @sses.

    • David in Wisconsin-
      Agreed! I found the poem this year after the last of a couple dozen kids moved on, and after thirty years of parenting, I wasn’t sure what to do. Nobody has more time on their hands than an empty nester in the wintertime in Alaska, so I planted myself with the poem, the books, and The Bachelor re-runs on continues loop, and studied this treasure hunt. And though i ended up with sciatica from sitting, I also boarded an airplane with my husband and for the first time in thirty years, we took a vacation alone…and hiked around the Rocky Mountains on this great adventurous treasure hunt.
      Mr. Fenn has given me…and countless others…a reason to get up and out.
      I hope we can all be grateful and emulate that generosity by giving back, as he has done.
      Thanks for summing it all up so nicely and for the reminder to be thankful.

    • Welcome David. I am new here also.
      First of al, in my opinion, you are far from “an idiot on the internet”. As Dal stated, nicely done. I believe I fall in Camp 3. I “think” I see subtle hints here or there, but mostly Fenn’s SB are just plain fun to read. And as you have done, I am “catching up” as well. (i’m still on SB 181)
      Good luck with your search!
      And happy Veteran’s Day to all who have, and continue to, serve our country! You are appreciated more then words can say.

      • “And happy Veteran’s Day to all who have, and continue to, serve our country! You are appreciated more then words can say”

        That says it all. Thank you Forrest, thank you Veterans!

    • 4. The Scrapbooks contain hints-all of them-they are for all searchers to use. They all relate to the poem and the location. All of these become public knowledge for future searchers.

      Why else would you come here.

      Additionally, all formal interviews, question and answer sessions contain hints that he repeats.

      The poem, business practices, sorties, client meetings, the bells, all of these he has crafted beforehand and he loves it when things go as designed. Even if it may take some time. The missing ball of string still drives him nuts.


    • David,

      As Forrest has said, all lives matter. I enjoyed your insights and as others have stated, well done.

      You will do well with your Chase. Have fun and stay safe out there. How ’bout them Packers!


    • David, there is one option you did leave out.
      Forrest has had these scrapbooks for a while and part of the design of the TTOTC ……….. BUT he ONLY releases them when a searcher makes progress to the NEXT stage of the Chase. That would be fair to all searchers and to the Lead Searcher as well. Plus the recent SB’s are referring back to previous SB’s which may need to be used by ALL searchers. Just IMO.

      • Great summary David from Wisconsin,
        Terrific addition Lone Aspen.

        IMO, the poem’s content in grid format suggests Forrest’s use of planned release of Hint material.

        Those who consider themselves lead searchers (me excluded) may see confirmation of achieving the next stage, as Lone Aspen suggested.

      • Lone Aspen;

        You say, ” BUT he ONLY releases them when a searcher makes progress to the NEXT stage of the Chase.” Can you please post something where Forrest has ever said this. Where are you getting this information from? It is news to me, and I have been at this for almost 4 years. Thanks in advance – JDA

        • JDA,
          I remember last fall in a MW Forrest answers a question, Brad Hartlip(sp) pretty much said the same thing as Lone Aspen. And he did say IMO.

          Personally I would agree with his logic but it can’t be proven until indulgence is retrieved…or maybe never if he’s not around?


    • Welcome Wisconsin David — I echo Dal’s sentiments. I’m firmly in the #3 camp, and we can definitely rule out some Scrapbooks as hint-containers: the ones written entirely by Dal (there are many of these, particularly the early years).

      I still think Forrest’s basic mechanism is that an *intended* hint can probably only be recognized by a searcher who has solved the clue(s) to which that hint belongs. The trouble is, there is often so much material in just a single SB that few searchers will have difficulty finding elements that “confirm” some aspect of their solution.

  32. Happy Veterans Day Forrest and all others who have served to guard our Freedoms we so enjoy! Thank you!

  33. Certainly, that necklace would come in handy many times over! Love it! Very enjoyable! Happy Veterans Day!

  34. Hey Forrest,

    That bead-making kit looks like it could be included in one of Jean Marzolla’s I Spy books that I used to read to my kids. My favorite is I Spy Treasure Hunt. Is it coincidence, or did you fold that box link chain to look like an ouroboros, which made its first appearance in the ancient Egyptian Enigmatic Book of the Netherworld?

    • If your talking about the tray, what you are calling a box link chain is actually the skeleton of a rattle snake. There is how ever an Ouroboros in the TC, and it is very beautiful.

      • Thank you for the correction, and the reminder of the ouroboros in the chest. Very interesting!

  35. Holy cow! I have some catching up to do! Why the flurry of Scrapbooks?

    I love the beads – pretty sure I got a bead kit for Christmas one year a long time ago. But nothing like these!

  36. Forrest, I think I’m need of an experienced German silver cross on my next BotG. Also, do you happen to have anything that protects against hornets?

  37. New WET theory:
    (The treasure is wet -ff)

    Mojo defined (Spanish) = wet
    Mojo (African) magic charms

    **So, If Forrest’s treasure box is filled with his charms/mojo, theoretically it’s “wet” without being in water. **

    See definitions.

    noun: mojo; plural noun: mojos
    a magic charm, talisman, or spell.
    “someone must have their mojo working over at the record company”
    magic power.

    early 20th century: probably of African origin; compare with Gullah moco ‘witchcraft’.
    noun: mojo
    a Cuban sauce or marinade containing garlic, olive oil, and sour oranges.

    noun: mojo
    a Cuban sauce or marinade containing garlic, olive oil, and sour oranges.

    probably from Spanish mojo ‘wet’ from mojar ‘make wet’.

  38. Pictorially what stands out IMO when observing the necklace – is the shadow of the cross or X, especially when considering Forrest’s use of his shadow in the intro and on the cover of Too Far to Walk.

  39. 777 – Shadows are created by light being blocked out.
    Most generally by the sun.
    Sitting in the shadows is a “comfortable” place to be.
    Does a shadow exist? Ask Peter Pan.
    The shadow of the cross? Ask the son.
    Remember making shadows on the wall at night with a flashlight?
    Shadows follow us wherever we go.
    Catch me if you can…..

  40. So so ko
    Así así = so so

    Ko – coke stock symbol
    Ko – hi – knocked out

    Boxing…prob not…ok, Forrest, who’d you sucker punch?

    • Wow, look at those beads. There must be at least 250 of them on a 3 strand necklace.
      I wonder how many beads Mr Fenn was able to fit on a 5 strand necklace.

  41. In that big chaotic pile of beads, is it my imagination or is there a fish stringer mixed into that mess? Rather odd, don’t you think?

    • I’m not sure what a fish stringer is but if it’s that needle, I’ve been trying to figure out what that thing is since SB 107 and the position of the black felt tip pen. Thank you wwwamericana.

      • Goldie – LOL have you never been fishin? It’s what you put you fish on to keep them – open the hooky thing put in thru their gills and throw it out in the water till your done fishing. Keeps them alive. A stringer will hold ~10 – 12 fish. I think there are some pics in the books with him and other family members holding up their catch on stringers.

        See the metal hooky things mixed into the pile of beads? Kinda resembles a key holder. Whatever it is – don’t think it really belongs there.

        Oh – and Forrest has a “thing” for Sharpie markers, I do believe. Anyone catch him with one in a recent interview? I think he was making a point.

        • Ha ha not fresh water fishing anyway – whales, sharks and tuna were I live. The hook I’m talking about is to the right of the shoe buckle. The hooks you’re talking about I believe are the ones that look like shower curtain rings lol.

  42. First off,
    Thank all veterans for your service. Esp you Forrest.
    A lot of my friends made in back home in boxes. Some came back due to the risks pilots like yourself took.
    Personally I did not get the chance at payback for the friends I lost. Grrr.

    I love the beads, looks like powerful medicine.


  43. The cross shadow is caused by a light off to the side projecting through a trinket that is tilted away from view.

  44. Why is #20 the only explanation lacking an obvious humorous antidote? A warning, yes, a punchline, no. Should we be finding this curious?

    • I wonder how anyone would know if their Faith is strong enough?
      That old 1750 cross survived all these years for a reason.
      Almost 269 years give or take.
      Bet it alone has some powerful MoJo.

      • Faith can be surprisingly effective/”strong” sometimes. But logic
        seems more dependable to me. All IMO.

    • I take it at the end of the 20 to mean: The Power Is really Within You vs you giving your power away via superstition. All this magical mojo given to these is true if you believe it . But, it is the power within your belief that gives them their said power. It’s essentially the delusion of illusion of what really is-voodoo. It’s not a black magic power that does anything to you, it’s the power of your belief that it does; so really, you are doing it to yourself, by thinking/believing in something outside of yourself is doing that to you ,against you or for you. Manipulating you via your power of belief for or against you, via the illusion of disempowerment .

      So that is essentially what he is saying in the last one- “Will give you strength physically, mentally, spiritually, and morally, if your faith is strong enough, and if it isn’t, you’d better be very careful. f”

      Be careful as to whom or what you give you’re power to through belief. Best to believe and have faith in yourself because the power is within you. It’s your choice (Will) to give it away.

      If your looking for confirmation about your solve in these SB’s , you’d better be careful. Lol . IMO .

      IMO .

      • Or, ff #20 is significant, and many allowing “their will” to continue to deny these consistent spiritual references? “If your looking for confirmation about your solve in these SB’s , you’d better be careful.”

        “Will give you strength physically, mentally, spiritually, and morally, if your faith is strong enough, and if it isn’t, you’d better be very careful.” f

        • Brad,

          I tend to agree 100%.

          A lot of good numbers out there but nothing to show for it yet. Good luck to ya!


  45. Goldie you got it – like shower hooks – mixed up in that heap of beads and buttons. I think I even see some old silver navajo pearls. Perhaps too – that caption about the necklace he made referred to the “upper picture” instead of the mojo necklace below. Now that would be a jolly mess don’t ya think?

    And ByGeorge – can’t find the interview but it was one the more recent ones a few months back at his house. He was holding a sharpie the whole time he was being interviewed and twirling the heck out of it. Maybe nothing important and then again…..

  46. I love the beads! I would definitely pay as much as I could afford to own a necklace like this.
    it’s funny what we treasure. Does it have to be old, intri cate, complex, etc to be valuable? I would bet that the only thing most people remember about their beads is the wonderful guy who made it out of his treasures.
    so, for Christmas this year, everybody make a necklace for your loved ones.

  47. #4- Venetian Blinds – no see + catalepsy (seize upon = sees up on ) = eyes that don’t see. I’ll go through rest tomorrow.

  48. These are gorgeous, Forrest! Reminiscent of Indian necklaces, and even dress and shirt ornaments, in which you find bits of everything, including harmonica parts. I love these!

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