Monday, August 2, 2021

2021 CLA Live Auction: Bag, Knife and Horn Set by William Schneider and Casey McClure


For this year’s CLF Fundraising Auction, artists William Schneider and Casey McClure have produced a blackpowder rig loaded with frontier character. Schneider’s bag is made from deep brown pigskin that’s been dyed and oiled with Neatsfoot oil. It was then finished off with a mixture of buffalo tallow and beeswax. The strap is bark-tanned elk hide with a period brass buckle. The rig comes with an antler powder measure, as well as a powder horn from Schneider’s collection which was made by Willy Frankfurt.

Schneider modestly points out that the centerpiece of this set is the knife by Casey McClure. It’s an iconic frontier knife, forged from an antique file, and hafted with a whitetail antler handle with poured pewter bolster. The knife fits snugly in a beavertail sheath that’s attached to the pouch strap. The mouth of the sheath carries a decorative band of deerskin.

For more information on the work of the artists, contact them directly:

William Schneider:

Casey McClure:


Photography by David Wright

Text by Joshua Shepherd

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