Posts Tagged ‘Rick Froehlich’

Rick Froehlich, Powder Horns and More, Builder of the Month

January 3, 2015

The business, PowderHorns and More, is adding a new feature to their website.  Gerry Messmer is starting off the year with a long time friend and customer, Rick Froehlich.

1976 was a life changing year for many of us who are still in the powder horn making business. Everywhere we turned, people were talking about the 200th birthday of the United States of America.  Muzzleloading shoots and rendezvous were being held all over the West.  Living History and any thing to do with the Revolutionary War received a big boost on the East Coast.

Rick Froehlich, now of Omaha, Nebraska, started making powder horns during this wonderful time. Walt Disney and Fess Parker in the old 50’s TV show, Davey Crockett, first sparked his interest in shooting muzzleloaders.  In the early 70’s, he bought his first real muzzleloading rifle and started to make all of the things needed from shooting to shelter.

Around 1975, he made his first powder horn, and as they say, the rest is history.

Traditional and Contemporary Horns by Rick Froelich

Traditional and Contemporary Horns by Rick Froehlich 

Discription of the these three horns. Top: From art called “Duck hunters”.  With man, son and dog in marsh.  (M) Settler man being attack by bear and this three dogs attacking bear.  (B) Winged Death Skull,  18th century tombstone and accutrement  symbol design.

Today, Rick is a custom powder horn maker who has horns in just about every state and a few other countries.

He enjoys making the engraved horns of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War.

Revolutionary War style by Rick

Revolutionary War style by Rick

Interesting horns with copper at the base.

Interesting horns with copper at the base.

Detail of Rick's engraving

Settler man being attack by bear and this three dogs attacking bear.

Eagles are always a popular motif

Eagles are always a popular motif. Look at the scroll work


Hudsons Bay Traders with Indian


Rick loves to make flat horns.

Rick loves to make flat horns.

Horn cup by Rick Froehlich

Horn Mug (commissioned) by Rick Froehlich


Seneca Chief Corn Planter  (18th century)

Learning from other craftsmen in the trade is a big part of his journey.  The best part about our friend, Rick is that he loves to help new craftsmen get started in this fun and interesting hobby of powder horn making.


The horn making craft has come a long way in the last 40 years.  Today we are lucky to have a vast array of supplies and materials available. Also research resources to study so we can accurately learn and practice the craft.

The best way to contact rick is;

Edited by Linda Shorb


Presentation Military Power Horn from an Original by Rick Froehlech

September 1, 2014

Rick Froehlich was commissioned to make a similar powder horn from this museum photo.

Presentation Military Horn

Presentation Military Horn Photo from a museum


Horn by Rick Froehlich based on the original

Horn by Rick Froehlich based on the original photos

This is what he produced.  Every cow horn is different, so it was difficult to find the right one.  Rick did a fantastic job on this Military style horn.

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!”

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

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