Monday, August 31, 2020

New Fowler Bag by John Weeks

Photos supplied by John Weeks.

Glen Mock

Eternal rest grant unto Homer, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Glen was often a contributor to the CLA Live Auction.

Friday, August 28, 2020

2020 CLA Live Auction: FISHING THEMED POWDER HORN & BAIT HORN SET by Albert Emanuel

Powder Horn length:  9 ¼”
Bait horn length:: 4 ½”

Hunting and fishing are twin pursuits that have shaped outdoor life throughout American history. For this year’s CLF fundraising auction, Arizona artist Albert “Ace” Emanuel has crafted a stunning pair of horns that will be useful on the hunt or by the lake.

 Emanuel’s powder horn is a fine example of the flat variety, fitted with a poplar base plug. The stopper was crafted from horn, carved into the shape of a fish, and then detailed with lightly scrimshawed features. White highlights on the fish mouth were added with a mixture of horn dust and glue.

The set is accompanied by an ingenious bait horn that’s an original design from the artist. Emanuel made use of a slightly bulged and misshapen horn to make the bait container. The bottom of the horn is pine, while the top stopper was turned from a piece of Arizona juniper cedar. The lid, paired with a leather lanyard and a simple wooden toggle, keeps the bait safely secured within the horn. The surface of the piece features delightful scrimshaw of two fishermen, inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, “a passion of mine,” says the artist, “along with horn and bag fabrication.”     

Although Emanuel modestly notes that using the deformed horn was nothing more than a case of “turning a ‘pig into a poke’”, his offering for this year’s CLF fundraising auction is a masterful pairing of an original concept with expert craftsmanship.  

For more information on the work of Albert Emanuel, contact the artist directly at:

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

2004 CLA Live Auction Items: Powder Horns

Roland Cadle

Lee Larkin

Steve Lodding

John Proud

Mike Small

David Wright

Ron Ehlert

Photography by David Wright.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

2020 CLA Live Auction: QUILLED HAT BAND by Djuana Tucker

During the 18th and 19th centuries, no self-respecting gentleman, or scoundrel, for that matter would consider venturing into public without a hat. For the modern-day frontiersman headed for the range, the rendezvous, or the woods, that hasn’t changed. For those hoping to set their headgear apart from the crowd, CLA artist Djuana Tucker has donated a unique quill wrapped rawhide hatband to this year’s fund-raising auction. Typical of Tuckers work, the piece is constructed with historically appropriate materials. The artist relied on authentic natural dyes to achieve the color palette: madder root for red and osage orange sawdust, indigo, and madder root to achieve black. The hatband is wide and 22 long, with a brain tanned leather lace on each end, ensuring that the piece will fit any size hat.

One of the premiere quill workers in the nation, Tucker is a regular donor to the CLA auction. Though the artist is firmly grounded in a knowledge of original quillwork, Tucker is a skilled designer in her own right. “I refer to catalogs of museum collections and photographs of original pieces for reference,” she explains, “but I am also inspired by the world around me.” Such an approach affords the artist a good measure of creative freedom. “I tend to focus on design aesthetic and composition rather than perfection in the quillwork pieces I create.”

For further information on the work of the artist, contact:
Djuana Tucker
2539 Angela Drive
Granite City, IL 62040
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Photography by Lon Brauer

Monday, August 24, 2020

A trade Gun by Jeffrey Lore

This trade gun was built in 2019. It was painted in black oil based paint and decorated with red vine work also of oil based paint.  It was then given inlet white seed beads and patinated so as to appear as a well used but well maintained native owned firearm.

Copy by Jeffrey Lore with photos by Track of the Wolf.

Friday, August 21, 2020

2020 CLA Live Auction: EARLY 19TH CENTURY HUNTING POUCH SET By Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick, Casey McClure

Dimensions: 8 ½” wide x 9” high

Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick and Casey McClure have donated this great looking Hunting set with a homespun air to this year’s auction.  Created around a bark tanned, ample sized hunting pouch this rig is loaded with fine touches.  The finely fringed trim on the bag, the rolled edge and the lined flap show Larry's leather working skills.  The leather strap has a rawhide lined sheath for Casey’s hand forged knife.  The knife on the pouch strap is always a nice feature.  Casey’s knife is exceptional, a finely forged, antler handled working knife in a useful size for all around work (and razor sharp, too).  Todd Hambrick’s horn brings this whole set together and gives it just the right touch of frontier art.  Although the art is period primitive it is well executed.  Fine details abound in this set; note the wrapping on the ends of the horn strap, the poured pewter bolster on the knife, the hand forged buckle and the “hair” fringe on the bag.         

This is a perfect set for a Southern Mountain rifle, an early fur trade percussion rifle or a big old meat on the table smoothbore. The CLF is proud to present this at auction.

Lawrence Fiorillo
Black Powder Pouches

Todd Hambrick

Casey McClure

Photography by H. David Wright