About ten years ago I made this horn as a blanket prize for a chunk gun shoot. My friend Harley sponsors this annual shoot and turns all the proceeds over to the York family to help maintain Alvin York's home in Pall Mall, Tennessee. This is the simplest of horns with a tulip tip, no markings, a painted yellow pine plug attached with thorn pegs and a stapled crack. It remained on the blanket until the very end and lay there all by its lonesome. When Harley finally called his own name to take something he grabbed the horn and declared, "What a butt ugly horn this is!, I was hoping nobody would take it." Ever since it has traveled from chunk match to chunk match and still gets reverently called by the same name.
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