Quality hunting rigs are a perennial favorite with collectors and shooters, and this year’s CLF Fundraising Auction features a visually stunning set created by the artistic trio of Adam Daub, Daniel Boehringer, and Henry Bowman.
The rig is built around a heart shaped bag by Daniel Boehringer. He describes it as a southern style bag made of 2-3 oz. vegetable tanned leather. Dyed with walnut hulls and a bit of darker dye for more aging, the bag sports a deep, rich patina. The entire piece is entirely sewn by hand with waxed linen thread. The underside of the flap is covered with dyed pillow ticking.
The back of the bag carries an integral sheath for an outstanding knife by bladesmith Adam Daub. Daub forges fierce blades and this example is no exception. Made from 5160 steel, the knife carries a nicely shaped whitetail antler handle and sports a poured pewter bolster. Daub also contributed the necessary tools for a black powder rig, including an antler powder measure, pan brush made from brass and horse hair, and a steel vent pick. An enthusiastic member of the CLA, Daub is garnering a good bit of attention for his robust forged blades. “The annual show”, he explains, “has done a lot for me and I want to give back.”
The set is accompanied by a unique offering for the auction, a double horn by craftsman Henry Bowman. This intriguing piece is based on a surviving nineteenth century original. The two horns are from the same animal and form a single cavity. A lathe-turned tip made from whitetail deer antler adorns each horn tip. Only one tip serves as a functional spout. The joint of the two horns is sealed and decorated with a white horn band.