Friday, February 28, 2014

Hunting Pouch by Cory Joe Stewart

It features a double horn, cane measurer, handmade pouch, vent pick and patch knife made from an antique table knife. 

Copy and photos supplied by Cory Joe Stewart.

Powder Measures by Brian Barker

Photos supplied by Brian Barker.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Antique Blowing Horn

This was one of my favorite things from the Lake Cumberland Show. JR

Photographed at the 2014 Lake Cumberland Show by Jan Riser.

Brown Thrasher" by Ken Scott

Image supplied by Ken Scott.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hunting Pouch by Jerry Rice

7 1/2" wide at the top and 8 1/4" wide at the bottom, by 9 1/2" tall with a 1 3/8" gusset, 1 1/4" strap

Copy and photos supplied by Jerry Rice.

Andirons by Barry Myers

A pair of traditional joinery made andirons that were recently completed.

Photo supplied by Barry Myers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Contemporary Makers Portraits: Ron Brimer

Ron Brimer graduated from the Atlanta School of Art in 1966.  He was Art Director at Georgia Public TV for 25 years mainly as an illustrator and creating TV ads. He was Director of Exibits for the Department of Natural Resourses for 3 years. Ron started building bolt action Rifles about 1970's. He met Hall Sharon, the Montana barrel maker, about 1972. Ron put together Hawken kits for him in this area. Also, Sly Howard showed him how to do a lot. He met Robert Watts about that time which is what got him started.  Hill Pearce was helpful in his development. In 1980 Ron met David Wright and invited himself to Manskers Station. David asked Ron did the rest of the guys looked as good as him? (Sam Wood and Andy Lydick) They started going 3 times a year building the fort. Ron has built 50 long rifles. At one time he made custom knives, shooting bags, and powder measures.  Ron was also in Ogelthorps Hilander's at Fort King George. Ron mentioned that he looked good in a kilt. He has made a couple of Tomahawks, but doesn't have a place to forge. He has also helped John Corn with Cowboy stuff.

This painting is on that was found on the internet, but it could be Ron. Ron's response was "Actually its me...   I did have Great  something, I think a G G G  grand father that fought at Kings Mt., he  lived in North Carolina.  He was in the Cherokee war also . He was under John Seviers Avenging Hoard. His name was William S. Brimer born Jan 2, 1759. Made $46.00 a year in the N.C  Milita."

More images of this rifle can be found here.

Hunting Pouch by Ron

Leggings can be found here.

18th Century Table Top Brazier by Manfred Schmitz

Photos supplied by Contemporary Makers' European Correspondent, Manfred Schmitz.

Kentucky Gunmakers of the Muzzle Loading Era 1775-1900 by Shelby W. Gallien

Printed as a two-volume set: Volume I is "Gunmaking History" in 289 pages, and Volume II is "Biographies" in 322 pages. Pages are large format size 9x12 printed on premium 105 lb. coated paper with a matt finish. The publication is an in-depth study of early gunmaking in Kentucky. It documents the gunmakers who shaped Kentucky's gunmaking traditions and the attractive southern-style guns they made. Many never-before seen rifles are illustrated as the history of Kentucky's gunmaking is told, from the state's earliest gunmakers to its last holdouts who clung to the "old ways" in the mountainous southeastern hill county area.

For years Kentucky's gunmaking was often overlooked by collectors and researchers due to the assumption that its guns were, for the most part, plain "mountain rifles." Better quality rifles were often attributed to "southwestern Virginia" that today can be identified as products of Kentucky. Collectors, researchers, and historians can begin to identify Kentucky's early rifles and avoid the old misnomer of calling them "southwestern Virginia" guns. More importantly, Kentuckians can now appreciate their early arms-making heritage and take pride in their state's newly recognized place among the other states where early gunmaking became highly developed, artistic, and an important economic factor for the state.

Price: Two volume set: $149.95
Shipping & handling:       14.00

Availability: at selected shows or by e-mail at 

Copy and photos supplied by Shelby W. Gallien.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Woodland Indian Style Bag by Peter Stahl

Photos supplied by Contemporary Makers' European Correspondent, Manfred Schmitz.

Pressed Horn Ladies Hair Comb by Mitch Yates for Robin Yates

The comb was inspired but not copied from an original 19th Century Comb.

Copy and photo supplied by Mitch Yates.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Handmade Lock by Yancey von Yeast

This lock was completely hand made by Yancey von Yeast.  It is loosely adapted from the original lock in the photos.  The parts were forged and filed out by the artisan.  It is for a Hudson Valley Fowler based on HVF 1 in Grinslade's book on Fowlers.  The gun will be on display at the Contemporary Longrifle Association Show in Lexington, KY in August, 2014.  The reproduction lock features a rarely seen half bridle, copied from the original.

Copy and photos supplied by Yancey von Yeast.

Stroopwaffle or Wafer Iron by Aaron Beck

Hand forged and chased. Interpretation of numerous historic examples.

Copy and photos supplied by Aaron Beck.

British Consul's Wool Coat, Boston, 1790

Madder dyed red broadcloth cutaway coat, blue wool facings, below knee length, gold buttons stamped w/ "Brittania" insignia, gold embroidered edgings, white silk twill lining, Ch 40", L 46", excellent. 

Provenance: Thomas McDonogh, appointed first British Consul to New England in 1790. The first class of consuls had uniforms of national colors, red w/ blue facings, embroidered in gold, 3 bars w/ waived leaf.

Price Realized: $ 3,300.00

Copy and photos from Augusta Auctions.