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WEST COAST HORN FAIR 2011 by Mike Nesbitt

March 8, 2012

Printed in the Muzzleloader Magazine March 2012

Reprinted with permission

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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

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

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.

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