Archive for the ‘West Coast Horn Fair 2011’ Category

WEST COAST HORN FAIR 2011 by Mike Nesbitt

March 8, 2012

Printed in the Muzzleloader Magazine March 2012

Reprinted with permission

Our Web Master is working on posting this article on our web page so we can all read it clearly.

Muzzleloader Magazine March 2012 page 1

Some of the fine work shown at the West Coast Horners' Fair. Right: A fine example of scrimshaw on a John Shorb powder horn. Middle: A priming horn carved by Dave Dolliver, done in West Coast Indian style. Below: A very fine example of powder horn scrimshaw by Steve Vance. Muzzleloader Magazine March 2012 page 2

Presentations and seminars were given by various attendees. Scott Morrison, shown here, gave examples of proportionate measurement for horn design. Steve Vance is seen with a couple of his fine powder horns. Muzzleloader Magazine March 2012 page 3

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Rick Froehlich Horn Maker

January 11, 2012
Rick was one of the many people that helped us organize The West

Rick Froehlich

Coast Horn Fair. 

The Contemporary Makers Blog featured Rick in March 2011. 

My name’s Rick Froehlich and I have been making powder horns and related horn items since about 1975, when I started attending and participating in many local and national muzzleloading events with my wife and four sons. 

I have always been pretty good in making about anything that I put my mind to and always have enjoyed studying and researching many of the early American skills and arms. 

Rum Horn

Rum Horn Buffalo

I decided to start researching and seeking out examples in museums and a few private antique arms collections, as well as having the opportunity to sit down and talk with experts on the subject of powder horns while attending national rendezvous and other events. 

West Coast Horn Fair Prize 2011

I am a member in THE HONOURABLE COMPANY OF HORNERS and a moderator on the HORNERS BENCH website forum. Today, there are many new folks starting out making horns and we always enjoy seeing new people!

Froehlich Ye Hunter Horn

I have always felt that, “Getting something from a friend …is getting a part of that person’s life!”

  rfroehlich1948@cox.net

Scott Morrison Featured Artist

January 7, 2012

Scott is a good friend and has been a great help in getting the first annual West Coast Horn Fair up and running.  I deeply appreciate all the help Scott unselfishly gave to make it the success it was.  Here is a little about this talented horner.  The rest of his story can be found on our website.

Scott Morrison of the Willamette Valley Oregon

I (Scott Morrison) am 55 years old and live in the mid Willamette Valley of Western Oregon.

I’m a relative newcomer to the sport of black powder shooting, having started in 2006 when I purchased a Lyman Great Plains rifle kit to assemble. My “first” horn was one I assembled from a kit, which was basically installing the mahogany base plug and securing it with brass pins. I did customize the horn, carefully filing four flats on the tip, afraid the whole time that I would break through. In May, 2007, I took a one day workshop on making French and Indian War period powder horns, taught by California horner Steve Vance. This one day class was a turning point in my life as I fell in love with making powder horns. My first horns were made for my two children to use when at our black powder club. Once you’ve made one though you cannot stop and I started making horns for family and friends, trying different techniques and improving my art.

What I enjoy most about working with horn is discovering and bringing forth the shape that is hidden within. I like to tell people that a horn will let me know what it wants to be and my job is to make that happen. Sometimes I’m successful and achieve what I strive for, bringing out the beauty in a horn.

Northwest Coastal Indian theme

One of the most inspired horns I have done was for a customer in Alaska. He wanted the horn to be a Chinook salmon, and after some discussion we settled on a Northwest Coastal Indian theme. I used a rather extremely oval horn with a lot of curve and fitted it with a cherry base plug. No attempt was made to round the horn and the oval cross-section was kept. The base plug was carved into the head of a fish with Inuit design. Native designs also were engraved on the horn body and the spout plug was a fish tail, also carved from cherry. In 2009 I took the horn to Dixon’s Muzzleloading Fair in Pennsylvania, entering it into competition. The horn was quite a sensation at the fair and it came away with three ribbons.

I continue to improve my craft and explore new ways and styles with my focus currently being the Southern banded horns of Virginia and North Carolina. I don’t like to recreate any particular original horn, but instead take inspiration from a variety of originals to incorporate into my design. I look for the unusual, some aspect of a horn that one doesn’t normally find, yet still retains the character of the style.

An example is an engraved North Carolina banded horn I recently completed. Engraving is not something normally found on the banded Southern horns, yet the 1803 original was engraved with a floral design. I replicated that engraving on my horn along with a scallop design from another Southern horn.

I am a member of the Honourable Company of Horners, having joined after finding an application to the guild in an order of horns I received from John and Linda. At Dixon’s, in 2009 and again in 2010, I spent most of my time there at the HCH table, meeting a lot of new and old friends.

I’m also a member of the Horner’s Bench, an internet forum dedicated specifically to horn work. This is one of (if not the) best online forums available. The members all share a unity of purpose: to freely promote working with horn and sharing their knowledge. It definitely is a worthwhile forum to be a part of.

Most of the horn pictures featured here are all custom horns made for someone. Scott sometimes has both the plainer and a few fancier engraved horns available for sale!

Contact Scott at smorrisonhorns@gmail.com

And the winners are:

May 4, 2011
Everyone of the participants are the real winners. All the people who supported the event with prizes and buying raffle tickets are winners in our book. The teachers of the many classes felt like winners when the faces of the attendees light up as they absorb all the new ideas.
Here is a list of the donors and the names of the winners!Subscription of Muzzleloader Magazine  Won by Scott Morrison, participant
Powder Horn strap by Lynn Blevens won by David Resler

Skillman Strap

Weaving Welchman Strap

Powder Horn strap by Lynn Blevens red, white and blue won by Paul Butcher.
Powder Horn strap by Pam Skillman won by Don Kerr, participant
Powder Horn strap by Kris Pelizzi won by Scott Morrison, participant

Glenn Sutt Knife

Leather hide donated by James Eastman won by Bob Kopner
Knife by Glenn Sutt won by Don Opalewski
Horn Oven by David Rase won by Scott Morrison, participant
Leather Bag by Jim Smith won by Don Kerr, participant

Artist’s Proof on horn by Yosef won by Chip Kormas, participant
Horn Measure by Roger Hodge won by George Hey

Primer by Jerry Frank

Priming Flask by Jerry Frank won by Chris Miller, participant
Priming Horn by Chip Kormas won by Ron Smith

Primer by Steve Lodding

Priming Horn by Steve Lodding won by Steve Skillman, participant

Banded Horn by Scott Morrison won by Jim

Scott Morrison Banded Horn

Smith, participant

Banded horn by Steve Skillman

Banded Horn by Steve Skillman donated by Dave Rase won by Ron Smith, participant
Engraved Powder Horn by Rich Froehlich

Engraved Powder Horn by Rick Froehlich

won by Bo Brown, participant

Joint horn by John Shorb and Don Opalowski

Engraved Horn by Don Opalewski made by John Shorb won by Jim Smith, participant

Tinder Box by Willy Frankfort won by Don Opalewski

Tinder Box by Willy Frankfort

David Wright Print donated by the NMLRA won by Al Stopler.
David Wright Print
We want to thank all the participants and all the contributors and all the workers for a job well done. John and Linda

Horn Fair Prizes and Winners

March 27, 2011

MORE PRIZES FOR THE WEST COAST HORN FAIR

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 www.westcoasthornfair.com.

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,

www.westcoasthornfair.com

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

SOUTHERN BANDED HORN by SCOTT MORRISON

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  www.westcoasthornfair.com

A SCREW TIP PRIMING HORN  by Steve Lodding

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

 

PRIMING HORN BY HAROLD MOORE donated by Chip Kormas

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 http://www.westcoasthornfair.com/registration/

You do not have to be present to win.

For more information about joining the NMLRA 1 of 1000 Program, contact http://www.nmlra.org/programs.asp

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