Jim Routh, a perceptive and talented artist, became fascinated by the artistic as well as the historical appeal of beautifully engraved powder horns. Over many years, he has built an accomplished, diverse collection of horns representing different regional styles and talents from the 1750’s to the 1780’s. Each of his nine horns has been carefully selected with the keen eye of a connoisseur and the sensitivity of a fine artist who recognizes and appreciates the efforts of those artists who created his wonderful collection two hundred years earlier.
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