Horn Box Compass – Cherry top and bottom – The passage on the side is, in part, from the book of Joshua… “and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Do not come near it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go, for you have not passed this way before.”
I thought it very appropriate for a compass both in looking to the compass and the Lord for direction should one find themselves in a situation of needing both for guidance.
This is a large candle/tinder box made from Watusi cow horn. It is approximately 6 inches across the base. Base, lid and wax catch are walnut with the candle cup turned from cow horn. The candle cup threads through the catch and into the lid. there is a separate threaded knob pull to thread into the hole when storing the other items for travel. All items fit into the box with room left over for a fire-starting kit, matches, or even tobacco. The scrimshaw designs on items like this are custom ordered.
John will be attending the Lewisburg 'Artisan's Show', January 31st and February 1st.
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