WEST COAST HORN FAIR Little Rock Washington, April 26 27 28 2013
The West Coast Horn Fair for 2013 was held at the Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club in Little Rock, Washington, just south of Olympia. We were eager to learn more about horn work, display our horn items that we made, gather supplies for future projects, and to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow craftsmen.
Many of the Participants for the WCHF 2013
On Friday, April 26th, we attended a great class on horn engraving. Some
people brought current engraving projects and worked on them during the class.
Kieth Beard and Chip Kormas working on their scrimshaw projects.
Steve Vance Scrimshaw Artist
Scrimshw Tools brought by Steve Vance
Harold Moore was honored this year for his contribution to horn making. He was a pioneer horn maker from the 1970’s . Many of his customers brought in their “Harold Moore” horn to add to his display table.
Harold Moore Pioneer Horn Maker
A discussion on shop safety and horn selection was led by John Shorb. After a talk about horn design and the Golden Mean by Scott Morrison, the participants gathered around the equipment to watch the horns take shape.
John Shorb Teaching one of the many classes.
On Saturday, the real fun began. Our classes expanded by offering live demonstrations of horn building. Three competent Horners, Glen Sutt, Steve Skillman and Scott Morrison, volunteered to build three powder horns which would later be auctioned.
Glen Sutt making a horn in one day to be auctioned off that evening.
Scott Morrison showing Jim Smith and Don Nissen the finer points of horn making.
Steve Skillman working on his horn for Saturday.
All three craftsmen had to hustle to finish their projects by dinnertime on Saturday. Six meals were included in the $55.00 registration fee, Dinner on Friday was provided by Glen Sutt. Our banquet on Saturday was prepared by Jim and Laura Smith. Breakfast and lunch were prepared by Bo Brown and Don Kerr. A big thank you to all the people who helped with the food and all the things that had to happen to put on this event.
After the banquet, we had an auction and two different raffles. The main raffle was for everyone who bought a ticket. Online and mail in ticket sales were brisk. Once we saw the prizes in person, we bought even more tickets. Some prizes were made just for the Horn Fair and others would have been hard to ship. Those items were raffled separately to the Saturday night attendees. We want to thank everyone who donated a raffle prize for this event. The selection and quality of the prizes were fantastic. We do appreciate the generosity of everyone involved. Without the raffle prizes, there would be no horn fair.
It is time for the raffle and the auction!
The raffle prizes and the winners will be posted in a different area.
And then there was the horn competition. The table was full of submissions that challenged the judges’ ability to pick out winners. Steve Vance took first place in the “Engraved Powder Horn” section, but it wasn’t an easy victory. Harold Moore won “non-engraved powder horn “and Dave Rase won the “horn item” category. Glen Sutt won the People’s Choice award with his banded powder horn. Good job to all who entered.
Engraved Powder Horn 1-Steve Vance 2-Henry Frank (Crawdad) 3- Chip Kormas
Engraved Powder Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd
Engraved Horn Contest Winners
Steve Vance, Henry Frank (Crawdad), Chip Kormas
Non-engraved Powder Horn 1-David Rase 2-Harold Moore 3- Richard Downs
Non Engraved Powder Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd
Non-engraved Powder Horn 2-Harold Moore 1-David Rase 3- Richard Downs
Horn Object Blowing Horn, Spoon and Fork, Salt Horn
Non Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd
1- Dave Rase 2- Glenn Sutt 3- Richard Downs
Non Powder Horn competition
Dave Rase , Glenn Sutt, Richard Downs
People Choice 1- Glenn Sutt
Glenn Sutt and People’s Choice Award
People’s Choice Award for best Horn item
On Sunday, there were three more classes: one by Scott Morrison who talked about installing leather ends on woven horn straps, Steve Vance discussed horn coloration and Jim Hayden talked on books available on horn work.
I will post another article on the Raffle and the Auction. More pictures coming.
The Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club is a good venue for this event. The West Coast Horn Fair for 2014 will be held there next May. We will build on the success of this event with better classes, demonstrations, hands on mentoring and another outstanding raffle.