The horn measures 13 inches by 2 5/8 inches. The brass fittings appear to be handmade. The engrailment is equisitely carved. The theme is the War of 1812. It has a map of Lake Erie scrimshawed on one side and a scene of Commodore O H Perry and men in a rowboat beautifully relief carved on the other...with the immortal words "Don't give up the ship" immediately above. The end cap has a bust of Commodore Perry relief carved in burl maple. The horn is signed "Wm. Buchele Powderhorn Made by him" and also engraved "Buchele" on the brass fitting below the spout.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers