Friday, March 29, 2019

Handwoven Sash by Rebecca Brooks

Photographed at the 2015 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Flintlock Magazine: Jeff Cline

In the Finest 18th Century Tradition

Not all these images were used in the Jeff Cline ad, but since we have them we are sharing them.

2001 Volume 4 Number 1

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dog Lock Musket by David Dodds with Antique Powder Horn

Contact for more information on the Dog Lock Musket.

Photos by Robert Weil.

Flintlock Magazine: Ed Louer Ad with Louis Smith Pistols

Kentucky Pistols by Louis Smith

Dealing In
Contemporary Arms
& Accouterments

Ed Louer

2001 Volume 4 Number 1

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pipe Tomahawk by Francis Slyker

Art DeCamp sent us the following message after seeing this posted on the blog this morning:
When I saw the tomahawk on today's Blog, I realized it belongs to a friend of mine, Frank Slyker.  He is the son of the maker of the tomahawk.  I contacted him to alert him about the posting, and he sent back this description about the tomahawk that his father made back in 1941.  Thought you might be interested.

Here are Frank Slyker's comments:
I have brought that tomahawk to my KRA table a few times and to the Artisan’s Show once, long ago.  I also contributed it to the CLA Display a few years ago, which is probably where Art Riser photographed it.  It would have been much better displayed if I had polished the silver inlays, however, I have become accustomed t not polishing the rifle brass and so I never gave it any thought.
It is a physical duplicate of an original, one of three believed to have been presentation pieces at the Treaty of Greenville, and likely made by the Lancaster gunsmiths.  The originals have more inlays, more silver, but in the character of Dad’s.  The one he copied is now in the Detroit Institute of Art, another in the Cranbrook Institute (Birmingham, MI) collection and the third in the Smithsonian History of the American Indian (or something) Museum.   The latter was formerly the Heye Foundation in New York. It is illustrated in Peterson’s American Indian Tomahawks one time, the first two were owned by Milford Chandler, of Flint and Detroit.  Not many people know the name any longer, but ask Lally or Rex!  
Mr. Chandler was a remarkable and interesting man, who for many years had a standing invitation to Dinner at home.  We probably saw him ½ - 2/3 of the time.  Also, for a period of time, a large part of his collection was stored in our garage.  The most incredible treasures!  So, in 1941, with the tomahawk at home and Mr. Chandler to help, they made that tomahawk.  Mr. Chandler was a skillful blacksmith, and in this case Dad the helper.  Between them they forged the head out of a heavy wall rifle barrel (believe it or not, I was told a Harry Pope rifle!).  It is a fairly large tomahawk.  I remember it well, because as a three and a half year old, I had to watch from the basement stair landing since sparks were flying around.  Then Dad did all the finishing, except for the engraving on the steel.  I had Larry Parker engrave both their names, separated by 1941, on the front edge of the blade.  This was at Dixon’s, where he used to demonstrate in the upper tent.  I wished afterward that I had asked him to use Roman letters, but I had neglected to do so.

Photographed at the 2016 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

2019 Tennessee Kentucky Rifle Show

"Have you got your items ready for show and tell or to sell?"

Friday-Saturday April 12-13, 2019 
Friday 9:30am-8:30pm 
Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm

Jubilee Banquet Facility 
6700 Jubilee Center Way Knoxville, TN 37912 

Contact: Randal Pierce 865-982-6538

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hunting Pouch by Frank Willis

More images of this unfinished powder horn can be found here.

Photographed at the 2015 CLA Show by Jan Riser.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Bucks County Smooth Rifle by Dan Fruth

"I saw some photos of the original, and wanted to make a copy."

Copy and photos supplied by Dan Fruth.

Flintlock Magazine: Cover Rifle by Jerry Kirkland

Jerry Kirkland 1987 after J. Noll

Photography by Robert Weil. 2001 Volume 4 Number 1

Flintlock Magazine

Flintlock Magazine was the first publication by the Contemporary Longrifle Association.  This was before The Broadside, Traditions Magazine, before Contemporary Longrifle Association Facebook.  It was a black/white publication done by Art Riser Design.  Art was the editor and designer.  In the first issues Art created the layout, wrote articles, sold ads then created them.  Jan wrote articles and did photography.  Robert Weil wrote articles and contributed photography as did Gordon Barlow.  Many of the photographs were from George Shumway.  The first issues began around 1998 with the magazine continuing to about 2005.  The magazine went from about 12 pages to 42.  As the magazine grew in size more people were required to submit photography and article as well as advertising.  The information below is from the contents page of the 2001 Volume 4 Number 1issue.

Editor and Designer
Art Riser

Gordon Barlow
Paul Jones
Erik Kettenburg
Earl Lanning
Bill Ruggie
George Shumway
Clay Smith
Rod Stanley
Robert Weil

CLA Officers
Mel Hankla
Vice President 
Gary Brumfield
Mark Silver
Don Getz

CLA Board
Jim Chambers
Wallace Gusler
Bob Harn
Earl Lanning
Ed Louer
Art Riser
Ron Scott
Joe Wood

Lally House and Jan Riser
Rodney Stanley
Edmund Davidson
Art Riser
Public Relations
Mark Thomas
Paul Jones

Executive Director
Gordon Barlow

Art Riser Design

© 2001 by The Contemporary Longrifle Association. All Rights reserved.

2001 Volume 4 Number 1

Why publish news that is more than a decade old? Many people do not know Flintlock Magazine even existed.  Robert Weil and I found after working on the Flintlock Magazine how many images we had in our files. One reason we started the Contemporary Makers Blog was to share those images.  So we are once again sharing images and articles from our files.  Some of the articles have been on the blog already such as "Fred Riley: A Distinctive Style by Bill Ruggie.  Jan