Friday, September 19, 2014

Powder Horn by Art DeCamp

This horn was made as a replica of an original from photos sent by Robert Weil. The original horn has a plank wood butt turned round with a separate wooden button that screws into the butt. The original horn was decorated with gouge, or burn marks spaced all over its body that were then darkened. This type of decorative design suggests the horn may have been carried by a native American.

Once a suitable horn blank was found with the appropriate twist and curve, I was able to begin the project. This replica horn copy was made in a similar manner, using plank cut walnut wood for the butt, which was turned to fit the horn body. Then it was threaded for the button which is turned from cherry wood. I used a red hot piece of metal rod to burn in the decorative gouges on the horn body. The spout end was turned from a separate piece of horn and threaded onto the end of the horn. Once colored and assembled I "aged" the horn to simulate right hand carry, taking care to think of the "logic" of how wear and patination would have built up on a horn that was carried in this manner.

Original Horn

More photos of this horn can be seen here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Very Early Hudson Valley Fowler at James Julia Auction

Cal. 70. 58″ oct to rnd bbl (two stage), with a walnut stock with bold relief-carvings around the bbl tang, lock & side plate, and trigger guard, and an especially bold serpentine forearm molding, forestock molding, with ribbed ramrod pipes, a repousse wrist escutcheon. The walnut stock has a pleasing, mellow surface, and an exceptionally fine brass, vine-scrolled/pierced sideplate. 
PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. 
CONDITION: Very good, excluding the restoration. 9″ of bbl & forestock have been lengthened. Flintlock is orig; however, there is a crude 1/2″ brasstouch-hole “bushing” on the bbl of a later vintage. There is a 4-1/2″ sliver replaced in front of lock. 4-51331 SDH4 (8,000-10,000) – Lot 3323 

Copy and Photos from James Julia.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lancaster Powder Horn by Pete Hutton

Photos supplied by Pete Hutton.

Strikers by Manfred Schmitz

Four hand forge striker that I made from old files.

Copy and photos supplied by Contemporary Makers' European Correspondent, Manfred Schmitz.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Trade Silver by Mitch Yates

Photo supplied by Mitch Yates.

Collecting Kentucky

This book was one of the hot sellers at the 2014 Lake Cumberland Show in February. The authors were there autographing the book. Below are photo spreads from the web site where the book can be purchased.

"Collecting Kentucky 1790-1860 presents antebellum Kentucky artifacts from over fifty of today's most inspired private and public collections. It celebrates collectors, past and present, who continue to locate, research, and save the material archive of Kentucky and it documents extant objects: furniture, silver, art, textiles, longrifles, and stoneware. Exceptional handmade objects of our country's first westward movement are shown in 600 full-color photographs.
Delve into the amazing craftsmanship, beauty, and rarity of these period objects displayed in collectors' homes. Observe the material, discover the stories, investigate the makers and owners, and study the relationships between pieces and between collections. Immerse yourself in remarkable Old Kentucky."
  • 9 3/4 x 12 inch book with 360 pages
  • Over 600 full color photographs
  • Detailed Reference Index and Bibliography
  • More than 50 of the state's finest private collections

Top photo by Jan Riser with copy and text from Collecting Kentucky.