Archive for March, 2011

Horn Fair Prizes and Winners

March 27, 2011


The fair is history and a success. Twelve prizes were won by the people who were there, Eight prizes were won by people who bought tickets on line.

Rodger Hodge brought his powder measure to the horn fair to add to the wonderful table of prizes. It is very useful antler powder measure. The photo does not do it justice. It was won by George H. of TN.

We were very pleased to meet Glenn Sutt at the Horn fair. He has found some very nice original horns that he displays and shares his knowledge with people.

Glenn donated a well made etched knife with a maple handle. Don O. Of MI won this lovely item.

This lovely powder horn strap was Lynn Blevens of Weaving Weldhman. This was won by Paul B.  from TX.

The latest prize for the West coast Horn Fair is a powder horn strap by Kris Polizzi of Elizabethtown PA. It is 1 3/8 by 56 1/2″ long. The colors are

Horn Strap by Kris Polizzi

traditional earth tones of brown and tan.

Raffle tickets will be available again next year. The website is

Priming Horn by Crawdad for the Raffle

March 24, 2011

We are getting another one!  This one is from Crawdad.

Primer by Crawdad


The base is made from Madrona wood. The spout is turned horn.

The top of the peg is what intrigues me.  Crawdad says, “The stopper is made from hard wood plug pinned to ebony by a bone pin, and then hand fluted and polished. I make all or most of my stoppers this way for all my horns. It is my signature for my horns.”

The priming horn  is about 3 1/2″ tall with the spout and about 2 1/2″ wide. I love it!

Primer by Crawdad


I don’t want to pressure you but the last day to order tickets on-line  is Thursday, March 31st.  Ticket orders by mail have to be here by Tuesday the 29th. We are very proud of the fine raffle prizes we have and the good response in ticket sales.  Remember there are many prizes and that makes the odds of you winning very good.

To order raffle ticket or to register for the fair,

You can register and buy tickets at the event, April 1st and 2nd. Vancouver WA.

More Prizes. Horns by Harold Moore, Steve Lodding and Scott Morrison

March 20, 2011


This is a Southern banded that will be donated for raffle at the West Coast

Scott Morrison Southern Banded Horn

Horn Fair in Vancouver, WA. 

The horn is about 12 1/2 inches from the tip of the button finial to the tip of the spout.  Diameter at the base is 2 inches. 

The base plug is turned from walnut, and the bulbous tip is carved from the horn. 

Scott Morrison Horn

The base and two heat applied bands are secured with iron brads. 

Scott Morrison

The horn was first dyed in RIT tan, assembled and then a dark walnut oil stain applied to the whole horn. Scott Morrison

We are proud to add this horn to the wonderful collection of raffle prizes. To order tickets by mail or by internet go to


It measures just under 5 1/2″ in length and the diameter of the base is 1 3/4″.

Primer by Steve Lodding

It is a screw tip and the ring at the base of the horn is an applied ring. The base wood is walnut and is pinned with wood pegs.

The stopper is oak and is captured by a brass chain. The carrying ring is also brass.




Primer by Harold Moore


A member of the The Horner’s Bench, Chip Kormas is donating a Harold Moore Priming Horn. Harold is a well-known horner in the Pacific Northwest.

He has presented workshops along with Steve Skillman and Dave Rase at the Washington Gunmakers Guild events.

Print by David Wright, 1 of 1000 donated by the NMLRA

March 20, 2011

The NMLRA has generously donated one of their “The Spirit of America” Limited Edition Prints by David Wright to be raffled off at the West Coast Horn Fair April 1st and 2nd. They are doing their part in supporting this

The Spirit of America by David Wright

upcoming event.

“THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA” symbolizes the rugged determination of those courageous Americans who settled our country and established the greatest nation in the world. Full color high quality prints and canvas giclees have been made from this stirring painting by renowned historical artist David Wright to raise funds for the NMLRA 1 of 1000 Endowment. Each print and gicleé will be signed and numbered by the artist and limited to the edition size described.

This wonderful donation is a  limited edition print 23″ x 27 1/2″. It normally sells for $150.00 plus 22.00 for flat shipping on the official NMLRA site. This print will be shipped to the winner postage paid.

To buy raffle ticket on-line or by mail to go

You do not have to be present to win.

For more information about joining the NMLRA 1 of 1000 Program, contact

Leather Bag by Beaverman

March 16, 2011

Leather Bag by Jim Smith aka Beaverman. With two inside pockets and a large

Hand Made Leather bag by Beaverman

pocket on the back and an adjustable Weaving Welshman strap, hand sewn with solid brass buttons.

Isn’t this an incredible bag?  Oil tan leather with a light weight top grain trim.

There is a very interesting way to adjust the strap on the back.  The extra strap length is hidden by the back pocket. What a great idea!

The strap is adjusted with that button

Raffle Prize by Rick Froehlich

March 14, 2011

Rick Froehlich has donated the most fantastic powder horn I have seen in a long time.

Rick Froehlick Raffle Prize Right side

This is a fully engraved and scrimshawed horn. It is a right hip, 16″ long horn with a very pleasant twist. The base plug is a lathe turned drawer-pull base with three steps.

On the outside panel is a stylized Heraldic Federal Eagle that is holding Olive Branches and Arrows.

 The wreath and vining are styled foliage with the berries etc. being depicted

Bottle Shaped Tip

from an 18th century Tulip original engravings from another powder horns.

The spout of the horn has a Zig Zagged carved strap engrailed ring. The spout is shaped into the “bottle” or “bulbed” shape.

"Praise God and Liberty"

Rick writes, “I tried to capture the impression of a Rev. War powder horn, made by a Horner or Gunmaker of the period. I purposely aged it and stressed the appearance to add a well used look.”

You will be very proud to own this work of art.

distressed horn base and base plug

Zig Zagged carved strap engrailed ring

Southern Banded by Steve Skillman

March 14, 2011

Donated by David Rase

I won that horn in a raffle at the Paul Bunyan Rifle and Sportsman’s Club

Southern Banded Horn by Steve Skillman

Christmas shoot. The raffle was a fundraiser for Toys for Tots. Steve Skillman donated the horn. If memory serves me right the raffle raise quite a bit of money which is not too bad considering the tickets were only sold to shooters the day of the shoot.  David Rase.

Beehive base plug from wild cherry wood.

Steve Skillman made this Southern banded horn with a bee hive butt that was  turned from a piece of native wild cherry. The strap band is turned from antler as is the spout plug. The bands and plug are pinned in place with small wooden pins.

More horns by Steve Sklllman one of the talented instructors for the Horn Fair.

Bags and Horns by Steve, Photo by Jim Smith

More Raffle Prizes

March 14, 2011

Snow White horn by John Shorb and Austin Walker

Scrimshaw by Don Opalewski of Austin Walker Horns.

Compass with Crossed Flintlocks and a horn

Weaving Welchman Powder Horn Strap

POWDER HORN STRAP by The Weaving Welchman aka Lynn Blevins
ARTIST’S PROOF by Yosef Trilling DBA Scrimshaw Powder Horns
Yosef wanted to know if this scrimshaw would work on the curved surface of a cow horn.  He took a scrap horn and this is what he made.  He was working from a pen and ink that was about 8″ x 10″.  He sized it and worked out the 

Five and Drummer

image on this  scrap piece of cow horn.

This scene is part of a  series of limited edition powder horns, there are only 5 to a series and the art work is retired as a whole. The Fife and drummers will be used in a Revolutionary War Powder horn.
Yosef writes,  “All the art work I used is drawn by me. Some times I can get carried away and draw in a larger scale (in pen and ink) and when reduced the detail is so small that I am not sure if the grain in the powder horn will even take the engraving, so that is when I will do an artist proof to see if it can work. In the case of the Fife and Drummers it did and it will work.  Now my limited editions are limited to when to when I can get the right horns they must be over 16″ to take all the art work.
Disclosure: Yosef uses powder horns made by PowderHorns and More.  I plan to show the finished product in future posts.
Powder Horn Strap by Pam Skillman 

Horn Strap on the Loom by Pam Skillman

Another prize for the raffle.  I think some of the people should come just for the raffle! Although the classes are great.  I would love to attend all of them. Especially the horn history classes.
Pam Skillman has donated one  of her fine powder horn straps. 

Horn Strap finished by Pam Skillman

Another great addition to the fine line up of raffle prizes.

West Coast Horn Fair April 1st 2nd 2011

March 3, 2011

1st Annual West Coast Horn Fair

April 1 & 2, 2011

Heathman Lodge

The Heathman Lodge,    Vancouver, Washington

Please plan to attend this premier event held at the luxurious Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington and see horn work by some of the West Coast’s leading craftsmen. A full selection of horn working seminars will be presented Friday and Saturday, the topics which include the following.

Click here to download flyer and registration.

Click here to register for lodging at The Heathman Lodge

West Coast Horn Fair

The 2011 West Coast Horn Fair will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 at 9:00 am PDT till Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm PDT at the Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA.

FRIDAY, April 1st 2011
9 AM Register
10-11 AM Powder Horn Design and What to Look for in a Horn by Scott Morrison
11-12 AM Beginning Powder Horn Construction by Jim Smith
1 – 2  PM Advanced Horn Construction (Bands, Applied and Screw Tips, etc.)  Round Table Discussion let by Scott Morrison and Steve Skillman.
2 – 3  PM Beginning Scrimshaw Techniques by Glen Sutt
3 – 4  PM Period Correct Scrimshaw by Steve Vance
SATURDAY, April 2nd 2011
9 AM Register
10-11 AM Tansel Family Horns – Steve Vance
11-12 AM Custom Made Tools – Dave Rase
1 – 2  PM Historical Designs & Materials of Original Horns
Round Table Discussion led by Steve Skillman
2 – 3  PM Manufactured Horns – Steve Skillman
3 – 4  PM How To Fix Mistakes – Round Table Discussion
6 PM Banquet –  Awarding of Ribbons and Raffle Prizes.

For more information contact:
John Shorb
PO Box 1922
Morro Bay CA 93443

Membership to the Honourable Company Of Horners is not required to attend this event.

By special arrangements with the Heathman Lodge, we will give away a stay in a suite for one lucky person that pre-registers no later than March 20th , 2011.

Email us at with more questions. Please include a phone number if you want to be called back.

Copy from Contemporary Makers

West Coast Horn Fair Raffle Prize by Wild Willy

March 3, 2011

TINDER BOX MADE OUT OF HORN by Wild Willy Frankfort

We are proud to have as one of our raffle prizes a Tinder box made out of horn.  Wild Willy Frankfort of Pennsylvania made one for the West Coast Horn Fair this coming April 1st and 2nd.

This is the most interesting item I have seen in a long time. It is Engraved

Tinder Horn by Wild Willy Frankfort

with the words, “Live Free or Die”.  Also “1798 Lewis Wetzel his Tinder Box”. 

The lid is secured by a flattened horn that has a carved Indian with an open mouth and a shocked expression

Laminated Horn on the lid

on his face. Inside the lid is a wooden compartment for your char secured by a cork. You cannot lose your lid because it is secured by a leather lace that you pull tight from the bottom.

The main compartment of the oval horn is where you will carry your flint and steel cushioned by some tinder.

Wait until you see the detail involved in this horn.  Both ends are trimmed

with horn rings.  But before Willy put them on this oval horn, he heated the horn ring and rounded it on a mandrel.  Then he lathe turned the ring on that

Live Free or Die

mandrel to a consistent thickness and applied a groove in the center of it.  Then he re-heated the finished ring and installed it on the large end of the horn.  Then he turned around and did it all over again for the small end.  Pretty spiffy horn work.

The scrimshaw mentions Lewis Wetzel. Willy writes, “Lewis Wetzel was one of the most prolific Indian killers of our region.  He roamed the Ohio border country acting as a guide and scout and pledged to kill every Indian he saw.  Tales of him are told round the fire today.  Even now, Indians still leave small offerings at his grave so as not to anger his ghost.

Lewis and Clark hired Wetzel to make the journey west.  It was later that they had to explain they were there to treat with the Indians and not kill them.  He detoured to Louisiana and was put in prison.  He was released but died some time after.

The small chamber is for char cloth.  It should be cut into small squares and laid in the hole.  This keeps it from being broken up.  Willy says, “I usually build my kit with a good striker, flint shards, a burning lens and dry tinder.  I also carry a small tin of punk.  But most folks don’t know what that is or don’t know how to make it.”

This item is something that you will be able to display with pride.