Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 CLA Live Auction: Classic Patch Knife by Verlin Cossel

Every blackpowder shooter needs a dependable patch knife in his kit, and this year’s CLF fundraising auction will afford attendees the opportunity to own a truly fine example by knifemaker Verlin Cossel.

            Cossel’s patch knife is an evocative classic that conjures images of the early American frontier. Starting with reclaimed steel from an antique hay rake tine, Cossel handcrafted the blade at the coal forge in his home workshop. The blade is fitted in its tastefully-aged antler handle with a German silver pin, and sports a hand-cast pewter end cap. Cossel’s knife will also see double duty on the range: the base of the antler handle is fitted with a handy bullet starter.

            The sheath for this piece is ruggedly appealing. The blade itself is cradled in an inner rawhide sleeve. The body of the outer sheath is handcrafted from walnut-dyed deerskin and is entirely hand-sewn.

            Cossel’s utilitarian blade comes complete with a unique display stand suitable for home or office. The stand, which accommodates both the knife and the sheath, is made from apple and nectarine branches held by a nicely-patterned spalted hackberry base. 

For more information on the work of Verlin Cossel, contact the artist directly at:

Wooden Container by Bruce Horne

$100. plus $20. shipping in the continental USA.
holds a little over a cup of a dry ingredient
13 inches in outside diameter with 11 1/2 inches inside diameter
2 3/8 inches tall on inside
4 3/8 inches tall with lid which includes bone finial

Contact for more information

Photos by Jan Riser.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Powder Horn by Billy Griner

Photographed at the 2019 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show by Jan Riser.

2019 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show: Photos

C. Michael Briggs Display

Much of this display contains rifles from the Salem School of North Carolina. This is the new book that will be published by Michael Briggs and Blake Stephenson that will be available in early 2020.

Book available: 
Michael Briggs
103 Battle Road
Greensboro, NC 27410

The Longrifle Makers of Mecklenburg County
$40.00 plus $4.00 shipping

The Longrifle Makers of Guilford County
$40.00 plus $4.00 shipping
A review can be found here.

Piedmont North Carolina Banded Powder Horns
$40.00 plus $4.00 shipping

The Longrifle Makers of the Rowan School
$40.00 plus $4.00 shipping

Guilford Under the Stars and Bars
$44.95 plus $4.00 shipping

Photographed at the 2019 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show by Jan Riser.