Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Recreating the Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch DVD by Ken Scott

This American Pioneer Video 2-disc set demonstrates how to make a hunting pouch using Ken's techniques, from picking the leather, applying the pattern, cutting and sewing up, to complicated procedures of construction. If you are a beginner, it shows you how to go about it. If you are an experienced pouch maker, you are sure to pick up some new tips. You can order yours today from Ken.

The two-disc DVD set is priced at $29.95 plus $7 shipping,

Ken has created a couple of items that you might want to accompany this video set.

He is offering a set of patterns for the pouch that he completed during the making of this video as well as an accompanying booklet, “Notes on Recreating the Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch,” This two-piece companion set is priced at $24, plus $7 shipping. 

Order both for just $49.95 Plus $7 shipping directly from Ken. Email: PayPal is accepted.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 CLF Auction Item: Wampum Belt by Matthew Bowles

In September of 1736, nineteen chiefs from the Six Nations – the Iroquois Confederacy – arrived at Philadelphia to strengthen the "covenant chain", or traditional alliance, with British officials in Pennsylvania. When Kanickhungo, the chieftan who spoke on behalf of the Seneca tribe, rose to speak, he expressed "Satisfaction in the friendly and good Disposition of you our Brethren, towards all the Indians of the Six Nations." As a record of his words and a testament of his own forthrightness, the sachem then presented Pennsylvania officials with a wampum belt "of white Wampum of eleven Rows, with four black St. George's Crosses on it." In the delicate game of frontier diplomacy, the belt was a powerful symbol of good faith.

For this year's CLA fundraising auction, artist Matthew Bowles has painstakingly crafted a remarkable reproduction of the belt that was originally made for the "Treaty of Friendship" with the Iroquois in 1736. While conducting background historical research, Bowles ran across a description of the belt in treaty records which were printed by none other than Benjamin Franklin. Intrigued by the original 18th century description of the belt, Bowles got to work and closely followed the original treaty notes in crafting the reproduction. The belt measures an impressive 2.75"x34.5", woven on leather lace using white thread. The beads are glass reproduction wampum that closely approximates the original shell pieces used. "As best as anyone knows," explains the artist, "this is the only reproduction of the belt."

This offering of the 2017 CLA auction presents a unique opportunity for bidders to obtain a museum-quality piece. Wampum belts are visually stunning works of art and the reproduction of this belt was in good hands. The artist has been making wampum belts, and studying the history behind it all, for nearly a decade and a half. "Beadwork has been something I've always enjoyed," says Bowles, "and I've had a blast weaving wampum as it combines the original native materials and European goods into permanent records of their talks."

The donation of this exceptional piece is the artist's way of assisting the organization which is at the heart of the longrifle culture. Bowles' experience with the CLA has been nothing but positive. "So far," he says, "I have found everyone to be fantastic people."

For for information on the work of the artist, contact:

Matthew Bowles

3572 Wolf Creek Road
Narrows, VA 24124

Copy by Joshua Shepherd with photography by H. David Wright

Quillwork by Robert Pawling

Photo supplied by Robert Pawling.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lehigh-Reading Rifle After Stoffel Long by Nate McKenzie

Stoffel Long's shop and his Grave are about a mile from Dixon's Gunmaker's Fair. This rifle willbe on my table at the fair in July.
Colerain 45cal. 44in. octagon to round swamped barrel.
Chambers small Siler lock. 
Wood from Knob Mt. Muzzleloading.

Copy and photos supplied by Nate McKenzie.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Fort Frederick Horn by Kevin Hart

Title: The Fort Frederick Horn
Inscriptions: Fort Frederick/ Fort Frederick Est. 1756/ By the Colony of Maryland/Dieu Et mon Droit/ Maker’s Name/ Horn Number/ Date Made
Length: 14 1/2 Inches
Butt: 3 inch turned Walnut
Throat: Engrailed edge followed by a 4 1/4 inch dark brown round throat with two rings at the tip
Plug: 1 1/2 inch turned cow horn
Carvings: British Royal Seal with Lion & Unicorn/ 4 Butterflies/ Flowers/ Winged Lioness/ Sun/ Fort Frederick/ Arrow pointing North/ Marching Soldiers/ 3/4 inch Fort Frederick Thumbnails in Celtic script at engrailed edge/ Compass/ Hungry Moon with Worried Star/ Parked Cannon, flags, drums and drummer/ Hunting Scene with two deer and two dogs, horse and rider blowing a cow horn/ Area along top of horn for owner’s name/ Trees/ Maker’s cartouche with cross
Finial: Turned Walnut

Copy and photos supplied by Kevin Hart.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 CLF Auction Item: 18th Century Folding Knife by Scott Summerville

Scott Summerville makes great knives and razors.  He is a staunch supporter of the CLF Auction and has again given us a great folding knife.  This is a classic bone handled knife with a 3 1/2 inch blade. Scott hand builds these knives, hand shapes them and heat treats them to perfection.  This knife is a common pattern found around various British posts and encampments from the 1750s through the 1800s.  Scott models his on one in his collection that was found in the Michilimackinac area of Northern Michigan.

This knife is from 1095 high carbon steel and each part is heat treated for its purpose. 1095 is a notch up in hardness (and in difficulty to work) from the more common 1084 but is perfect for a folder like this when heat treated by a master like Scott.  The fit and finish is up to the best English standards of the Victorian era.  This knife will perform as well as any custom folder you can buy today.

Scott’s email is

Copy by Heinz Ahlers with photos by David Wright.