CLA artist Donald and Tina Shaver handcrafted this circa 1810 to 1825 hunting pouch and horn set for the 2014 CLA fundraising auction. The pouch is a classic beaver tail pouch with a carved buffalo powder horn.
Donald Shaver’s interest in American History began during his youth and he started reenacting about 30 years ago through the Boy Scouts. His first period of interpretation was the Rocky Mountain fur trade era of the 1830s, then 15 years ago he met quill worker Shawn Webster who introduced him to the Eastern Woodland Indian culture of the 1700s. As his need for proper research deepened, so did his library - as he light heartedly comments, “Let’s just say my passion for collecting books about the Woodland Indian culture has gotten out of hand.”
After years of study and research, today he portrays the living history persona of an 18th century Woodland Indian. As a result of his devotion to correctly interpreting these native people, he is frequently asked to model for nationally known historical artists.
His interests also include blacksmithing and working with horn, especially making powder horns. Don reverted slightly for this beavertail pouch and buffalo horn rig in keeping with this year’s auction theme of change and expansion at the close of the War of 1812.
Don and Tina are repeat auction donors. Donald had this say in 2013 about his donation, “I wanted to donate his pouch and horn set to our fundraising auction to help further the preservation of these skills, and encourage the continued showcasing of the artists.”
For 2014 they have contributed a great beaver tail shaped bag with nicely sculpted buffalo powder horn and 75 grain cane measure. Both the bag and horn have excellent workmanship and style. I think this is a classic early Missouri/rocky mountain style perfect for heading west at the end of the 1812 war. Don and Tina are well known for their work and this pouch and horn are another great example.
You can contact Donald at:
360 North Murphy
Pahrump NV. 89060
Top photo by Ric Lambert. All other photos by Heinz Ahlers.