Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Quillwork by Bill Wright

Photo supplied by Bill Wright.

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This rifle by Jim Kibler was the third most popular post on the blog this past year.
More of this rifle by can be seen here.

Photos by Jan Riser.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hunting Pouch and Powder Horn by Jeff Bibb

This is a Virginia, single band horn I just finished for a customer in Williamsburg. It is about 16" around the curve, and scraped very thin. The applied tip is redbud and the base is maple. It is set against a Virginia long flap bag I finished earlier this year. The horn is antiqued a bit to give it an older look.

Copy and photos supplied by Jeff Bibb.

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1580 Wheel Lock Pistol by Maciaszczyk
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Monday, December 29, 2014

T.C. Albert

These are a few images of my latest knife creation.  It was ordered as a Christmas gift for a good friend and supporter of my work by his wife.  This is the first "D" guard Bowie knife I've attempted.  I made it around a nice carbon steel blade, an elk antler handle, and a "D" guard made from forged antique wrought iron. I also fashioned the custom sheath for it.   

Copy and photos supplied by T.C. Albert.

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Composite Gun with Plug Bayonet by Ian Pratt was the most popular post of 2014. 
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Powder Horn by Scott and Cathy Sibley

Photos supplied by Scott Sibley.

Utility Pouch by Eric Ewing

This is a small utility pouch made from remnants of antique coverlet lined with homespun pattern cotton check.  It has an antique bone button.

Copy and photo supplied by Eric Ewing.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hunting Pouch by Chris Barker

When I went to the Prairie State Longrifle Show at Princeton, Illinois last summer Jerry Noble gave me a hunting pouch I had made for him in 1978. After I brought it home I posted a photo of it on the Contemporary Makers site.  While later looking through my collection of muzzle loading accessories I found enough to make a complete hunting outfit from 1978.  Rifle builder George Potter delivered a fine iron mounted Western Virginia rifle to me that year.  Images of that George Potter rifle No. 15 are posted on the Thursday, September 15, 2010 Blog.  He had made a powder horn that I admired sometime in the early 1970s.  I traded him out of the horn for something that I can't now remember.  Horner Barry Anderson scrimshawed the horn.  I have used it for three and a half decades.  And now it is part of the 1978 pouch and horn set.  Barry also made the beautiful antler powder measure that is attached to the horn.  Working together Barry and I made the first of what we considered to be a "primitive" pick and brush set, and we made our first knife casting the tang of a blade into an antler handle with our version of casting pewter.  It's Lyman No. 2 alloy by the way.  That again was in 1978.  We made many other pick and brush sets and bag knives after that.  Sometime around 1978 Jerry Noble obtained a beautiful small hatchet or bag ax.  I worked on him trying to get it for a very long time and finally talked him out of it about ten years ago.  Last fall I made a scabbard for that little ax, and stitched it to the back of the bag.  I filed a rattle snake tail into the handle of that first knife Barry and I made together nearly a decade later.

Now that all of these things are together I am going to give them to Jerry Noble...  Partly a Christmas present and partly a thank you for the hospitality he has shown me in his lovely antique filled home over many years.

Photos and copy supplied by Chris Barker.

Gentleman's Peach Silk Suit, 1760's

Moire faille, long jacket, turn-back 4.5" cuffs, 2 deep flap-over pockets, deep CB vent, round disc buttons, a few w/ original silver foil & spangled embroidery (4 missing), homespun linen & blue silk linings; short breeches, narrow fall front w/ deep pockets, woven silver trim at knees, jacket: CH 42", L 41", breeches; W 36", Inseam 16", (surface fading, soiling, pit stains, missing buttons) fair-very good. Brooklyn Museum

Price Realized: $ 3000.00

Copy and photos from Augusta Auctions.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Silver Cross by Dave Hughes

Photographed at the 2013 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Merry Christmas

Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hawken by Louie Parker

I made this rifle as a Christmas gift for my granddaughters husband. It was made using features taken from three or four different Hawken rifles. Both S and J&S. All the silver and toe plate were from an S. Hawken.  Stock pattern, hardware and patch box after J&S. The animal on the patch box lid is from a Steven Odell rifle. The 54 cal. 38 inch barrel by Ed Rayl.  Triggers, breech and internal lock parts are store bought.

 Copy and photos supplied by Louie Parker.