Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pipe by Steven Lalioff

Photographed at the 2015 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

40th Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show

Friday-Saturday April 20-21, 2018 
Jubilee Banquet Facility 
6700 Jubilee Center Way Knoxville, TN 37912  

We outgrew our space at the Museum of Appalachia so we’re moving to a new facility just 12 miles south of the museum. We have two adjacent well-lighted rooms for gun tables and for our BBQ dinner. The space has easy access and will be secure.  

The Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show was started 40 years ago by the late Robin Hale, an authority on antique Tennessee rifles. After Robin’s death, the show was continued by others and, in recent years, has been sponsored by a non-profit corporation organized for that purpose. The focus of the show continues to be antique longrifles and pistolsprimarilyfromtheSouth. Inrecent years, due to the great interest by contemporary makers in learning more about, and following the old traditions, we have opened the show to contemporary makers and their work. However, the primary focus of the show continues to be antiques. 
Collector items permitted to be displayed are limited to flintlock or percussion-cap muzzleloading longrifles and pistols made in America prior to 1898 and contemporary hand-crafted muzzleloading longrifles and pistols. Related accouterments (horns, bags, knives, etc.) are also welcomed. Cartridge weapons and gunpowder are not permitted. No alcohol or smoking in the showroom. All table holders and invited guests assent to these requirements as a part of their admission to the meeting. 
This is a collectors’ meeting and is not promoted to the general public. We welcome all those who are interested in the preservation of the American long rifle
Join us for this 40th annual Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show.
Kentucky Rifles, pistols and related accouterments only.
No cartridge weapons permitted.


6:00pm on Friday night is the BBQ Dibber at the show venue. Reservations for the dinner must be made by Friday, April 13. There are a limited number of dinners. Lunch is available both days. Contact Randal Pierce for more information.
Contact Randal Pierce 865-982-6538
Randal and Linda Pierce have been involved behind the scene for years with this how. Linda is always at the front table with Boo Elliott and Barbara Blanton.
Note: The photo is one of the cabins at Cades Cove. We have stopped by there many times over the years on the way to the Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show. This is a show with the focus on the antiques. It is an excellent opportunity to study the old as well as see the work of new makers. JR

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Knife and Fork by Kyle Willyard

Photographed at the 2015 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

2018 HCH Auction

I am very pleased to announce the items for the 2018 HCH Annual Meeting Auction are donated by dedicated members of the West Coast Horn and Accouterment Fair.
The second and live portion of the auction will be at the banquet on Saturday, March 3, 2018 during the annual meeting. If you are unable to attend, you can put in a pre-auction bid at the bottom of the page.  (We do not have the means to offer online bidding during the banquet portion of the auction.) And yes!, people have won using the online form below.

From Friend of the Guild, Steve Skillman(Yelm, WA), we have two sets of sewing and weaving related items. The first set is sewing items including an Etui (needle case) including a horn needle, a pincushion, and a tortoise button box.

The second set made by Steve Skillman is made up from weaving items including a lucet and a shuttle. Also included in each set is a ring holder – just for the fun of it. Every item is made of horn and is beautifully done.

From Freeman Horner Dave Rase (Bremerton, WA) comes a fun “what if ?” item. It’s a 10 to 70 grain adjustable powder measure that is meant to appear as the result of re-purposing a screw tip from a lost or broken Philadelphia screw tipped horn. The tip is turned from a single piece of horn. The adjustment rod and furniture pull finial are hand made from brass round stock with a steel lanyard loop. An internal leather washer is used to keep the measure from moving after setting the size of the charge to be thrown. The markings on the 3/16” diameter adjustment shaft are set in 10g increments.

Journeyman Horner Scott Morrison (Keizer, OR) has made a horn with Virginia elements. The applied tip is turned from American Bison (Buffalo) and secured to the horn with wood pegs. The finial is threaded with the top piece turned from bison and the bottom threaded portion hickory. The butt is turned walnut and secured to the horn with iron tacks.

Next we have a beautiful French & Indian War horn by Freeman Kevin Hart (Hillsboro, OR). The horn is roughly 14 inches in length with an engrailed edge followed by a 2 1/4 inch throat and short turned deer antler tip & peg. The carvings and inscriptions are cut at different depths to show dimension and include plants and flowers along top and bottom borders, various birds sitting on bushes, a large compass and the Sun and Moon. The inscriptions read as follows:
I Powder with My Brother Ball, A Hero Like, Do Conquer All / dated 1769 / has an area for the owner’s name and His Horn.

And last, but certainly not least, is a horn by beloved friend and strong supporter of the Guild, Journeyman Horner Glenn Sutt, who passed away in February 2017, and is greatly missed. Glenn had been very excited about this auction and was happy to participate. Since Glenn is not here to give a description of this horn, I’ve asked his friend, fellow horner and Tansel expert Art DeCamp for details.

 “The horn itself was made by Glenn and is a careful replication of Tim Tansel type work, including Glenn’s use of specific construction details used by Tim Tansel. The spout end is shaped in typical Tansel fashion with a rounded bead at the very end and a raised ring about 1-1/2” back on the throat of the horn for strap retention. The cherry wood butt was copied from an original Tim Tansel horn owned by Glenn. Its lathe-turned domed shape with incised carved decoration is typical of several known horns. In addition, Glenn used copper to fabricate the round ring for strap attachment, and the staple that holds the ring in the butt end of the horn, just as Tim Tansel did on Glenn’s original.”
This horn is graced by a beautiful beaded strap by Gary Bertelsen. Our thanks to Glenn’s family, for graciously allowing us to have this horn for our auction. The auction will run similarly to last year’s with the live auction held at the banquet Saturday night. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to bid on an item, look at the bottom.

Personally, I am very excited by this new focus on small groups within the Guild- it’s all about connection! If your group would like to participate or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at And don’t forget, all members can request a copy of the Guild roster to see if any other members are in their area!
See you at the AHEC,
Kris Polizzi

Copy and photos supplied by Kris Polizzi.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Antique Hunting Pouch

Photographed at the 2017 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Thursday, February 15, 2018