Sunday, February 28, 2010

Rope with Quilling by Tom Gifford

Photographed at the 2010 Lake Cumberland Mini CLA Show by Jan Riser.

John House Knife

Photographed at the 2010 Lake Cumberland CLA Mini Show by Jan Riser.

Kris Daman Sash

This is a red, white, and blue lightning pattern sash, woven from very fine, 2-ply rug wool yarn. The sash too approximately 125 hours to weave.

Photo supplied by Kris Daman. Kris is a fingerweaver that lives in northern Michigan.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mark Thomas

A couple shots of the " Faber" I did for a gentleman in TX, a close copy to the original.

Photos supplied by Mark Thomas, "Craftsman to the Past".

Scott and Cathy Sibley Horn

Photos by Scott Sibley.

Axes by Brian Anderson

Photo supplied by Brian Anderson.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Carved Early Virginia Chunk Gun by Mark Elliott

I made this rifle in 2005 for a friend.  The title here as well as the gun is a bit anachronistic.  There was no such thing as an early Virginia chunk gun.  Chunk guns were a product of the mid and late 19th century.  However, my friend wanted a chunk gun in a Hershel House early Virginia style.  As the project gave me an opportunity to try a few new things such as a captured patchbox and poured pewter nose piece, I gladly took on this project.

For those of you not familiar with chunk guns, a chunk gun is a traditional style longrifle with a particularly long and heavy barrel designed specifically for target shooting.   Chunk guns are shot over a log or "chunk" while laying on the ground.  They are shot at a target 60 yards away.   You take 10 shots and add up the distances between the center of the bullet holes and the center of the bulls-eye.  The shortest total distance wins.

This particular gun has a typical early Virginia profile and uses a butt piece and guard castings made off a Hershel House rifle.  The captured patchbox, side plate, poured pewter nose piece, and cheek side carving are based on Hershel House's interpretation of an early Virginia rifle as documented in his videoBuilding a Kentucky Rifle published by American Pioneer Video.  While Hershel normally uses a beaver tail around the tang,  I thought that an acanthus leaf/fleur de lise design went better with the raised carving behind the cheek piece.   I spent more time on the carving and engraving than I probably should have for such a utilitarian rifle. 

As to the nuts and bolts, the rifle has an 1 1/8",  straight, 44 inch long, 54 caliber Rice barrel.  A White Lightning liner is installed.  The lock is a Chambers Early Ketland with a pan bridle.   The set triggers are by Davis.  The stock is a piece of curly cherry.   The stock is entirely scraped and burnished and the rifle is generally finished in a workman like manner. The stock was stained with a lye solution and finished in oil.  I have applied a patina to the metal parts to simulate a good number of years of gentle use. 

The technical details:
Curly Cherry
Chambers Early Ketland
Rice 44", 54 caliber, 1 1/8" straight with Chambers White Lightning liner
Trigger:Davis double set triggers
Mounts:Butt piece and guard cast from original Hershel House mounts, rest of mounts from brass sheet.

Copy and photos supplies by Mark Elliott.

Greg Hudson Hunting Pouch

This piece is available. Contact Greg at Weeping Heart Trade Company.

Photographed at the 2010 Lake Cumberland CLA Mini Show by Jan Riser.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jim Filipski Bag and Accoutrements

The bag and the accessories were made in 1993. It has been my favorite bag & my companion for many years. The repairs were dictated by it's heavy use!

Photos provided by Jim Filipski. More of Jim's work can be seen at his web site.

Hershel House Knife

Photographed at the 2010 Lake Cumberland CLA Mini Show by Jan Riser.

Move Over Indiana Jones, Earl Lanning Has Landed

Earl in Egypt. 
He's heading down the Nile today to Luxor...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Charlie Wallingford Knife with Bill Wright Quilled Sheath

An integral bolster knife that I forged from a hay tetter tine with a small crown antler handle and a sterling silver pommel. The beautiful quilled sheath was made by CLA artist Bill Wright of Stewartsville, MN

Copy and photo supplied by Charles Wallingford.