Sunday, March 24, 2013

Re-Worked Powder Horn by David Crisalli

A ways back, I purchased a couple of really, really cheap horns for my then 9 and 13 year old nephews, basically to use as toys.  I overhauled one for the eldest a couple of years ago and it came out OK.  So not long ago the youngest one wanted his horn improved a little.  The first 5 pictures show the $17 horn as it started out.

I asked him if he had anything in mind for his horn and told him I probably could not do much engraving because the horn was so dark.  He's into pirates about now and wanted to know if I could do anything on the horn that was from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island".  I wasn't sure I could do much but said I would give it a try....I shouldn't have asked !

I made a new base plug, applied an antler tip, and made a couple of brass ring fittings to attach a strap.  The map is from one of the original contemporary drawings of the mythical Treasure Island and the ship is rigged like a mid 18th century "Hispaniola".  The stopper is turned rosewood and is supposed to look like a ship's stern lantern.  I tried to make the whole thing not look too cartoon like.  At any rate, this is how it came out......

Copy and photos supplied by David Crisalli.


  1. proof that some folks CAN make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. What an uncle!

  2. Can you be my uncle? Nice improvements!

  3. When I see those horns it makes me cringe, but I have to agree that is one cool horn...Nicely done.