Trail Dust: Tracking the 'pujavante'

Trail Dust: Tracking the 'pujavante'

There are 12 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Jul 31, 2009, titled Trail Dust: Tracking the 'pujavante'. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Some 30 years ago, Santa Fe blacksmith Frank Turley and I started to work on a book, afterward published as Southwestern Colonial Ironwork .

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Angel Fire, NM

#1 Aug 1, 2009
I so enjoy this column and look forward to reading it. Mr. Simmon's writings add richness to the landscape and bring alive the history of this wonderful place.
Hector Sanchez

Santa Fe, NM

#2 Aug 1, 2009
Thank you so much Mr. Simmons for your wonder columns and research and books over the are a GEM to New Mexico.

United States

#3 Aug 1, 2009
Thanks for writing these.

Baird, TX

#4 Aug 1, 2009
In Central America a pujaguante is a forged piece which looks like kind of like a spade bit, maybe 6-10 inches long, attached to a handle. It is used to open holes in the field for planting beans. There are regional variations, and a farmer from one region disdains those pujaguantes from another.

Bellflower, CA

#5 Aug 1, 2009
This is a delightful account of your research experience in Spain. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Kudos to you and Frank Turley for undertaking this project. Is the book completed and available for purchase?

United States

#6 Aug 1, 2009
Cesar Assets

Sterling Heights, MI

#7 Aug 1, 2009
The maestro's attitude, denial and haughtiness are not unusual on the Iberian continent - although many there are less up tight and more rational. (Don Quixote lived in denial despite overpowering evidence that he was not only wrong, but severely deluded - my Espanol).
Jessie Farrington

Bloomington, IL

#8 Aug 1, 2009
Oh, I just loved reading this! Like Sue, I wonder if the book is available for purchase.
Ken Janson

Ocean Park, WA

#9 Aug 1, 2009
Just last week I saw a pujavante labeled as such in the museum area of the Peco National Historical Park. The label in Spanish offered slightly more information than the English, but neither said very much. I could not figure out how a device so shaped could accomplish its stated purpose. I'm not sure I can even now, but your article helped me believe it none the less. I have forwarded the article to my friend, an archeologist, who was with me at the museum.

Victor Gomez

Rochester, NY

#10 Aug 1, 2009
What delightful research and comments----I would add having seen many shoeings that I would prefer to have two do the job as it is quite the strain on the back to hold hooves and work----perhaps two to do it would be more "ergonomic" for those like me who are not of the strongest of backs----lots of bending over for the tasks required especially if the horse is a bit restless.
New Mexican Maverick

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Aug 2, 2009
The book has been out several years. Try Amazon
Frank Turley

Algodones, NM

#12 Aug 19, 2009
I'm the blacksmith/co-author mentioned in this article. We also discovered that the pujavante could be translated as a 'butteris,' a hoof chisel used by non-Hispanics in other parts of what is now the U.S. The butteris has a slightly different appearance than the pujavante, the former having a cranked shank and being used without the helper-holder.

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