Thursday, November 30, 2023

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

8th Annual Alabama-Kentucky Rifle Show Sponsored by Calvery Longrifles


8th Annual Alabama-Kentucky Rifle Show

January 11, 2024 - January 13, 2024 

Joe Wheeler State Park – 800-544-5639

– Thursday January 11, 2024, (Vendor set-up from 12 noon to 8pm)
– Friday January 12, 2024, 8am to 8pm
– Saturday January 13, 2024, 8am to 2pm

$10.00 admission

Contact: Jim Parker

Phone: 1-205-680-9219 cell 205-566-1387

Contact Joe Wheeler Lodge for Reservations
4401 McLean Drive Rogersville, AL 35652
500-544-5639 or 256-247-5461

As of Monday the 27th of November there are 5 tables left.

Monday, November 27, 2023

18th Century Styled Backwoods Belt Knife by Todd Daggett


I’m always very critical of my own work, but I was very pleased with the way this knife and sheath turned out.  The 4 1/16 blade was forged from spring steel and tempered very well. The blade bears a few of my touchmarks including a small flower on the back of the blade.  The tapered tang was driven into a piece of white tail deer antler that was formerly the handle of one of my hide scrapers.  The tang runs through a doomed pommel cap and is peened for strength.  A pewter bolster secures the base.

The vegetable tanned cowhide sheath was sewn with a hide thong and repaired with waxed flax thread and pewter rivets.

I know from experience that it handles very well accomplishing any task asked of it, from skinning coons to making pbj sandwiches (don’t tell my kids).

Photography by Jan Riser.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving

Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Safe Travels.

Robert, Art and Jan

Painting by Ken Scott.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Pouch and Horn Set: Hunting Pouch by Cory Joe Stewart, Powder Horn by Tim Crosby with Strap by Chris Polizzi


 The strap was woven by Kris Polizzi, The horn is by Tim Crosby, I made the bag and assembled the rig. CJS

Copy and photo supplied by Cory Joe Stewart

Priming Horn by Sparks Mumma


Photos supplied by Robert Weil.

Monday, November 20, 2023



As part of a grandfather’s continuing tradition to his grandson, Jeremiah David Browning - this is the 14th handmade knife made by friends for his birthday. This year’s outstanding knife was made by talented knife maker, Simeon England, of Edmonton, Kentucky. Jeremiah received this knife for his 23rd birthday, November 7, 2023.

Simeon created a handsome knife with a hand forged blade with an English walnut handle, inletted with silver wire, with a poured pewter bolster. Continuing in the tradition since the first knife was made by Ian Pratt in 2010, two hearts are stamped into the blade, engraved in the silver cap is Jeremiah’s birthday – Nov. 7, 2023. And HDW and JDB is engraved as well.  Simeon's touch mark is also stamped in the blade.

The handsome sheath was made by Darrel Lang, Wayne, Michigan.

This is the 14th knife made for the continuing tradition from a grandfather to a fine grandson. Last year's knife was made by Max Soaper, 2021 knife was made by Josh Wrightsman, 2020 by Charlie Wallingford, 2019 knife was made by Todd Butler; 2018 knife was made Kyle Willyard; 2017 by Steve Auvenshine; the 2016 knife was made by Frank House, 2015 by Doug Delsemme; 2014 by Todd Daggett; 2013 - Daniel Casey; 2012- Joe Seabolt; 2011- Glen Mock; and the first, made in 2010 by Ian Pratt.

Thanks to all fourteen of these special artists for making my grandson’s gifts extra special.

Next year’s (15th) knife will be created by Elizabeth Ashlee. 

H. David Wright
Gallatin, Tennessee
November 17, 2023