Replicated from an original club with Southeastern provenance. This massive ball club is made from a hornbeam root burl found on the historic Scioto River in central Ohio. The overall length of this war club is 16.5" which makes it different from most Eastern ball clubs. The oversized ball was hand carved and shaped to closely match the original. This club shows it's true origin as a root burl with eclusions, grain cracks, swirling grain characteristic of all great ball clubs. The club has been aged to show great battle use.
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