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West Coast Horn Fair 2013 Raffle Prizes

March 12, 2013

The West Coast Horn fair will be held in Littlerock WA April 26, 27 and 28 2013. The event is funded entirely by raffle tickets.  Horn makers from all over the US have donated prizes for this raffle.

You do not need to be present to win. We mail the prizes to you at no cost to you. For a complete list of all the prizes and a link to buy tickets click HERE

Southern Banded Horn by Scott Sibley

Southern Banded Horn by Scott Sibley

This Southern Banded Powder Horn was donated by Scott Sibley.  The horn measures 13″ around the double curve.  Scott filed the horn to make it much lighter in weight. The tip is turned Whitetail antler and it done in two pieces as were the majority of original horns. The tip and bands are fastened with wooden pegs.

Applied Tip on Sibley's Horn

Applied Tip on Sibley’s Horn

There are four turned bands. The base plug is cherry, turned with a “wasp waist” design as per an original “Shenandoah Valley” horn that is in Scott’s collection.  The dark color is also like the original horn.

Wampum beaded Belt “Hawkeye Belt”donated by Gary Bertelsen

Wampum belt patterned after the movie The Last of the Mohicans. By Gary Bertelsen

Wampum belt patterned after the movie The Last of the Mohicans. By Gary Bertelsen

This is designed after the belt Daniel Day Lewis used as a horn belt in the
movie “Last of the Mohicans” also known at the “Hawkeye Belt”

It is made with replica wampum beads, woven on brain tanned deer hide
laces with artificial sinew.

Measures (beaded portion) 50 inches plus 15 inches of lace fringe on each
end – At 50 inches, this is a strap that will fit a Big Boy.

“Osceola” beaded garters.

Second prize by Gary Bertelsen (no picture yet)I included a set of “Osceola” beaded garters.   These are based on the original piece at the National Museum of the American Indian which says they were actually worn by Osceola and included in a George Catlin painting.

Horn Box donated by Tim Sanner

Horn Box donated by Tim Sanner

Horn Box donated by Tim Sanner

Tim Sanner is a Journeyman Horner in the Honourable Company of Horners.  This little container is called a Horn Box. The box is made of cow horn with a walnut base.  The lid is turned walnut with a white horn ring.  It measures 3 1/2″ tall and 2 1/2″ in diameter. This is a piece anyone would be proud to own.

13 WCHF Yosef

Artist Proof on cow horn by Yosef Trilling

13 WCHF Yosef (640x480)

Artist Proof on cow horn by Yosef Trilling

Two artist’s proof horns engraved by Yosef Trilling. He takes a cow horn and engraves a new subject to see exactly how it will look on the curved and limited surface of the horn. Yosef can be found on eBay and the CLA site. Also

Engraving tool made and donated by David Rase.

Engraving tool made and donanted by David Rase.

Engraving tool made and donated by David Rase.

Engraving Tool by David Rase

This tool can be used to do some fine engraving on a powder horn. The tip is a Coulter Precision carbide point held in place with a set screw so the tip can be changed out when it gets dull.  Dave hand turned the brass holder and installed a blue grip cushion.  You can reach David  at


This hard back book was donated by Jeff Bibb at The Honourable Company of Horners.

Robert M. Hartley made these drawings documenting historic powder horns. The  drawings are laid out so you see all sides of the horn. There are close-up photos of  the Royal Coat of Arms, rivers, cities and towns, forts and animals.

The Hartley Horn Drawings donated by The Honourable Company of Horners

The Hartley Horn Drawings donated by The Honourable Company of Horners

Detail from the pages of The Hartley Book
Detail from the pages of The Hartley Book

Detail from the pages of The Hartley Book

Detail from the pages of The Hartley Book


March 2, 2012

Scott and Cathy Sibley are well-know authors of the best “How-to” book on

Latest book by Scott and Cathy Sibley

building powder horns. They wrote the “Bible of horn making”, called “Recreating the 18th Century Powder Horn” in 2005.

From the Dick Gadler Collection

Scott and Cathy have written a second book on  powder horns. “Building the Southern Banded Horn”,  is a welcome addition to all of us interested in learning more about powder horns.

It does not matter whether you are a builder, contemporary collector or antique southern horn collector there is something for everyone.  The builders out there will find comprehensive coverage on building a southern banded horn.

All the steps are beautifully photographed and Scott’s instructions are dead on.  I don’t ever plan to attempt to build one of these horns, but I enjoyed seeing the process involved. With all the information included I’m sure the novice as well as the advanced builder will find something useful.


For the contemporary collector there are a number of striking photographs of Scott and Cathy’s work.  The photographs are composed using a great many wonderful contemporary bags, guns, measures, knives, and axes along with an equal number of antique objects.

There is also a section that features antique southern banded horns from private collections.  Many of these horns have never been photographed.  Several very nice antique accouterments are included in the section.

The Sibley’s book deserves a place in the libraries of all those who have a fondness for the southern banded horn.  Builders and collectors alike will certainly enjoy this volume.

The book  will have 128 pages.  It is full color and has about 57 color pictures (full page)  of horns.  Two-thirds of the horns are originals.

The book will be available soon through PowderHorns and More.


It should not take very long for the first printing to be finished.  Scott’s previous book went through 3 printings!

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Price is 29.95 plus 4.00 Freight. The book is in stock and can be shipped tomorrow!

Latest book review by Rick Sheets

New Powder Horn Book

November 23, 2009


This is an incredible book. Tom has dated, and photographed original horns from the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition he gives the history of the owner and maker of the horn.  Many of the men have fought in the Revolutionary War and the author researched the battles they fought.

The Zechariah Horn

The Zechariah Horn is date 1756.  This horn shows the curve that our eBay customers want.  Notice the carving on the neck of the horn.

The Tomas Jones Horn


The Thomas Jones Horn belonged to a surgeon who was commissioned to serve in the 2nd Regiment in Ulster County New York.

 For more information see the the publisher, Muzzleloader Magazine.