“The hunting pouch,” explains Kentucky artist Bill Smith, “is an icon of the American frontier used in the 18th and 19th centuries.” But the modern frontiersman remains in need of a reliable bag for the woods or the range, and for this year’s CLF fundraising auction Smith has once again donated one of his renowned hunting bags.
Smith’s bags are widely regarded for their robust functionality, and this piece exceeds expectations. The body of the bag, which is made from hard wearing cowhide and lined with deerskin, is entirely hand sewn with waxed linen thread. In addition to two roomy compartments inside the bag, there is a pocket on the front and a large interior pocket for additional storage. The heavy leather shoulder strap, about two inches wide, is fully adjustable by means of a hand forged iron buckle.
With three decades of experience, Smith is a longtime auction contributor to the nation’s premier organization for the preservation of traditional frontier arts. “The CLA,” says Smith, “is a great organization dedicated to artists.”
For more information on the work of Bill Smith, contact the artist directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy and photos supplied by CLF.