Lake George School, c. 1756. This horn draws heavily on a handful of original examples, made at Forts Edward and William Henry in the autumn of 1756, primarily those owned by Col. Nathan Whiting and Capt. David Baldwin. Like most surviving powder horns from this "School", the designs, with the exception of the chip-carved geometric panels, were truly engraved, using a variety of hand-held burins of the type used to engrave silver and other soft metals in the period.
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