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WCHF 2014 Prizes and winners

May 14, 2014

The West Coast Horn Fair did not ask for prizes from the Horn Making Community this year, but the prizes came pouring in.  There was the auction and the raffle.  I am sorry I do not have pictures of all the prizes.  If you made or won a prize, please send me a picture and I will update this post.

We are grateful for the many fantastic raffle and auction prizes. Two different horn and bag combinations were donated by Scott Morrison and Ron Hess.

Bag, Horn, Measure, Pick and Pan Brush by Scott Morrison

Bag, Horn, Measure, Pick and Pan Brush by Scott Morrison won by Shawn Martin

Ron Hess Horn and Ed McDilda bag, donated by Ron Hess

Ron Hess Horn and Ed McDilda bag, donated by Ron Hess won by Bo Brown

More items were sent in to support The West Coast Horn Fair.

These items were donated by the participants.

Containers by Steve Skillman

Containers by Steve Skillman won by Chip Kormas

Cup and screw top container by Ed McDilda. Donated by Chip Kormas

Cup and screw top container by Ed McDilda. Donated by Chip Kormas  won by Tim Sampson

Horn Handled Knife by Glenn Sutt

Horn Handled Knife by Glenn Sutt Won by Jim Smith

Franklin County Screw tip Flat Horn by Glenn Sutt

Franklin County Screw tip Flat Horn by Glenn Sutt. High bidder was Scott Morrison

Hand knitted horn socks by Pam Skillman

Hand knitted horn socks by Pam Skillman

Auction items that are waiting for pictures.

Camp chair by Will Ulery Won by Glenn Sutt

A framed and matted Print by Bill Conant. Won by Chris Statz

Buffalo Horn by Harold Moore. Won by BO Brown.

HERE IS THE LIST OF DONATIONS AND WINNERS for the raffle

Book Powder Horns Fabrication and Decoration. Donated by Don Kerr. Won by Harold Moore
Hand forged knife and sheath donated by BO Brown Won by Kyle Martin.
We had two Knife kits donated by Roger Hodge with Green River blades. Won by Nancy Moore and Rich Downs.
Scrimshawed Salt and Pepper container of antler by Kieth Beard Won by BO Brown.
Horn Spoon (show project) by Glenn Sutt Won by Steve Baima.
Necklace pincushion by Kieth Beard, donated by BO Brown Won by Dave Rase.
Antler Flask by Scott Morrison Won by Lloyd Chase.
Buffalo priming horn by Harold Moore Won by Kevin Thiel.
Salt horn by Skillman Won by Dave Rase.
Small table horn by Skillman Won by Don Kerr.
Framed photo by Nancy Moore Won by Shawn Martin.
Deluxe Cureton Horn by John Shorb Won by Kevin Hart.

The Hartley Book donated by The Honourable Company of Horners was won by

The Hartley Book donated by The Honourable Company of Horners was won by Roger Hodge

 

Powder Horn by John Shorb Raffle item won by Keven Hart

Powder Horn by John Shorb Raffle item won by Keven Hart

 

Horn straps by Lynn Blevens, Weaving Welshman (won by Glenn Sutt); Kris Polizzi Custom Weaving (won by Glenn Sutt) ; Strap by Bo Brown (won by Scott Morrison)

Horn straps by Lynn Blevens, Weaving Welshman (won by Bill Conant); Kris Polizzi Custom Weaving (won by Glenn Sutt) ; Strap by Bo Brown (won by Scott Morrison)

Hand knitted horn socks by Pam Skillman Won by Glenn Sutt, ,Kyle Martin, and Chip Kormas.

Hand knitted horn socks by Pam Skillman Won by Glenn Sutt, ,Kyle Martin, and Chip Kormas.



The participants were having way to much fun and made this sign to give John Shorb  a very bad time.

 

Honest John's Used Horns CHEAP  One owner OK Used Horns.

Honest John’s Used Horns
CHEAP
One owner OK Used Horns.

Cow Horns lined up in a row! Don't they look pretty.

Cow Horns lined up in a row! Don’t they look pretty.

We want to thank Steve Skillman, Scott Morrison, Glen Sutt, Chip Kormas, Steve Bama, Bo Brown, Don Kerr, Shawn Martin and Kyle Martin. Jim and Laura Smith cooked all weekend. They brought their killer brownies. Rodger Hodge made badges for participants. Many others worked hard to put this event together.

Next year will be held the First weekend in May at the Capitol City Gun Club in Little Rock WA. We have more ideas, more teachers and more events to present to all the horn makers.

 

 

 

West Coast Horn Fair 2014 A Success!

April 30, 2014

This year’s West Coast Horn Fair was held April 11th, 12th, and 13th 2014 at the Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club just South of Olympia. The focus was on Heating and Shaping horns. Friday and Sunday were classes and perusing the many display tables. The highlights were discussions on style, schools, periods and horns and architecture.  Many of the participants were discussed what they want for future events.  Everyone is coming back!  John, Linda, Steve and Jim do not want to miss next years West Coast Horn Fair!  (Photos by Steve Skillman except where noted.)

Glen Sutt's table

Glen Sutt’s table

Scott Morrison's Table

Scott Morrison’s Table

Jerry Frank's  table (Crawdad)

Jerry Frank’s table (Crawdad)

Powder Horns and More's Table

Powder Horns and More’s Table

Bo Brown's Table

Bo Brown’s Table

Last year a table was set up for Harold Moore as the Honored Horner of the year. He was Steve Skillman’s  partner when they first started giving horn making classes with the Gunmakers Guild many years ago. Not long after the W.C.H.F. last year, Harold suffered a stroke.  A noted artist in our area, Bill Connant, agreed to do a portrait of Harold for presentation at this years event on Saturday night. The West Coast Horn Fair 2014 honored Harold Moore, a influential Horn Maker from the West Coast.

Harold and Patty Moore with Bill Conant. Photo my Mike Nesbitt

Harold and Patty Moore with Bill Conant. Photo by Mike Nesbitt

Portrait of Harold Moore

Portrait of Harold Moore.  Photo by Mike Nesbitt

 

There were demonstrations on making flat horns, spoons, and horn sheets.

One of many Flat horns in a  vise

One of many Flat horns in a vise

Flat horn before inserting base plug.

Don Nissen is holding the flat horn as they prepare to insert the base plug.

Glen Sutt working on a flat horn as Rodger Hodge, Crawdad, Scott Morrison, Lloyd and Chip Kormas look on.

Glen Sutt working on a flat horn as Rodger Hodge, Crawdad, Scott Morrison, Lloyd and Chip Kormas look on.

Many flat horns were made as well as spoons and flat pieces for combs and other items.

Horn spoon

Horn spoon

proj Flattened Horn Sheets

Horn sheets

Here are some of the tools used in the shaping of horn.

One of the many heating pots.

Glenn Sutt working with one of the many heating pots.

Proj Wooden forms for flat horns

Wooden Forms for flat horns

Proj Spoon Sutt Mold

Horn Spoon Mold

A chinning tool is used to inscribe a line at the bottom of the cup.

This chinning tool was made at the fair.

This chinning tool was made at the fair.

 

We want to thank Steve Skillman, Scott Morrison, Glen Sutt, Chip Kormas, Steve Bama, Bo Brown, Don Kerr, Shawn Martin and Kyle Martin. Jim and Laura Smith cooked all weekend. They brought their killer brownies. Rodger Hodge made badges for participants. Many others worked hard to put this event together.

Next year will be held the First weekend in May at the Capitol City Gun Club in Little Rock WA. We have more ideas, more teachers and more events to present to all the horn makers.

 

WEST COAST HORN FAIR 2014

March 13, 2014

This year’s event will again be at the Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club just South of Olympia.
April 11th, 12th, and 13th 2014
Friday’s discussions will be about styles of horns from different areas and periods.

Lathe work station

Lathe work station

Saturday will be all about heating and shaping horn.  How to flatten horns ,

How to make flat horn sheets to use for combs, cup bottoms, and other objects. We have fork and spoon molds available.

Different ways to heat horn and their strong and weak points.

Forming the butt to the plug, fitting a bottom to a cup or container, and so much more.

Saturday Night Banquet and Awards ceremony. There will be a raffle and an auction.

Six Meals will be provided and camping is available on site.

Camping is available

Camping is available

The three day event is 55.00 including meals or 30.00 for Saturday only, also with meals.

Feel free to contact Steve at his E-mail  sbskillman@yahoo.com for info or to register.

Link for Info and directions to C.C.R.P.

Here are some pictures from  last years Horn Fair.  It only touches on some of the many events of the weekend.

Glenn Sutt on lathe

Glenn Sutt on lathe

Demonstrations on different machines

Demonstrations on different machines

Classrooms

Classrooms

Classrooms

Classrooms

Display Tables

Display Tables

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Horns on display

Horns on display

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Horn Items for sale and on display

Horn Items for sale and on display

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More Displays

More Displays

Saturday Night Awards

Saturday Night Awards

Many of the participants outside the building

Many of the participants outside the building

WCHF 2013 Report

May 31, 2013

WEST COAST HORN FAIR Little Rock Washington, April 26 27 28 2013

The West Coast Horn Fair for 2013 was held at the Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club in Little Rock, Washington, just south of Olympia.  We were eager to learn more about horn work, display our horn items that we made, gather supplies for future projects, and to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow craftsmen.

Many of the Participants for the WCHF 2013

Many of the Participants for the WCHF 2013

On Friday, April 26th, we attended a great class on horn engraving.  Some

people brought current engraving projects and worked on them during the class.

Kieth Beard and Chip Kormas working on their scrimshaw projects.

Kieth Beard and Chip Kormas working on their scrimshaw projects.

Steve Vance Scrimshaw Artist

Steve Vance Scrimshaw Artist

Scrimshw Tools brought by Steve Vance

Scrimshw Tools brought by Steve Vance

Harold Moore was honored this year for his contribution to horn making.  He was a pioneer horn maker from the 1970’s . Many of his customers brought in their “Harold Moore” horn to add to his display table.

Harold Moore Pioneer Horn Maker

Harold Moore Pioneer Horn Maker

A discussion on shop safety and horn selection was led by John Shorb. After a talk about horn design and the Golden Mean by Scott Morrison, the participants gathered around the equipment to watch the horns take shape.

John Shorb Teaching one of the many classes.

John Shorb Teaching one of the many classes.

On Saturday, the real fun began.  Our classes expanded by offering live demonstrations of horn building.  Three competent Horners, Glen Sutt, Steve Skillman and Scott Morrison, volunteered to build three powder horns which would later be auctioned.

Glen Sutt making a horn in one day to be auctioned off that evening.

Glen Sutt making a horn in one day to be auctioned off that evening.

Scott Morrison showing Jim Smith and Don Nissen the finer points of horn making.

Scott Morrison showing Jim Smith and Don Nissen the finer points of horn making.

Steve Skillman working on his horn for Saturday.

Steve Skillman working on his horn for Saturday.

All three craftsmen had to hustle to finish their projects by dinnertime on Saturday.  Six meals were included in  the $55.00 registration fee,  Dinner on Friday was provided by Glen Sutt.  Our banquet on Saturday was  prepared by Jim and Laura Smith.  Breakfast  and lunch were prepared by Bo Brown and Don Kerr.  A big thank you to all the people who helped with the food and all the things that had to happen to put on this event.

After the banquet, we had an auction and two different raffles. The main raffle was for everyone who bought a ticket.  Online and mail in ticket sales were brisk. Once we saw the prizes in person, we bought even more tickets. Some prizes were made just for the Horn Fair and others would have been hard to ship. Those items were raffled separately to the Saturday night attendees. We want to thank everyone who donated a raffle prize for this event.  The selection and quality of the prizes were fantastic. We do appreciate the generosity of everyone involved.  Without the raffle prizes, there would be no horn fair.

It is time for the raffle and the auction!

It is time for the raffle and the auction!

The raffle prizes and the winners will be posted in a different area.

HORN COMPETITION

And then there was the horn competition.  The table was full of submissions that challenged the judges’ ability to pick out winners.   Steve Vance took first place in the “Engraved Powder Horn” section, but it wasn’t an easy victory.  Harold Moore won “non-engraved powder horn “and Dave Rase won the “horn item” category.  Glen Sutt won the People’s Choice award with his banded powder horn. Good job to all who entered.

Engraved Powder Horn 1-Steve Vance 2-Henry Frank (Crawdad) 3- Chip Kormas

Engraved Powder Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd

Engraved Powder Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd

Engraved Horn Contest Winners Steve Vance, Henry Frank (Crawdad), Chip Kormas

Engraved Horn Contest Winners
Steve Vance, Henry Frank (Crawdad), Chip Kormas

Non-engraved Powder Horn 1-David Rase 2-Harold Moore 3- Richard Downs

Non Engraved Powder Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd

Non Engraved Powder Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd

Non-engraved Powder Horn 2-Harold Moore 1-David Rase  3- Richard Downs

Non-engraved Powder Horn 2-Harold Moore 1-David Rase 3- Richard Downs

Horn Object Blowing Horn, Spoon and Fork, Salt Horn

Non Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd

Non Horn Competition. 1st 2nd 3rd

1-   Dave Rase 2-  Glenn Sutt 3-   Richard Downs

Non Powder Horn competition Dave Rase , Glenn Sutt, Richard Downs

Non Powder Horn competition
Dave Rase , Glenn Sutt, Richard Downs

People Choice  1-   Glenn Sutt

Glenn Sutt and People's Choice Award

Glenn Sutt and People’s Choice Award

People's Choice Award for best Horn item

People’s Choice Award for best Horn item

On Sunday, there were  three more classes: one by Scott Morrison who talked about installing leather ends on woven horn straps, Steve Vance discussed horn coloration and Jim Hayden talked on books available on horn work.

I will post another article on the Raffle and the Auction.  More pictures coming.

The Capitol City Rifle and Pistol Club is a good venue for this event.  The West Coast Horn Fair for 2014 will be held there next May. We will build on the success of this event with better classes, demonstrations, hands on mentoring and another outstanding raffle.

Sow’s Ear to be Auctioned at the 2013 WCHF in Washington

March 27, 2013

It all started at the West Coast Horn Fair last year in Morro Bay, California, Scott Morrison was given the challenge of starting with a bad cow horn (Sow’s Ear) and turning it into a “Silk Purse”.

Finished Banded Horn by Scott Morrison

Finished Banded Horn by Scott Morrison

John (Bigsmoke) Shorb gave a talk on “choosing your horn”. He had several examples of horns with defects that would lend a person to pass when choosing. One example that he recommended passing up was a thin, translucent, misshapened horn that had a severe delamination at the tip.

Scott Morrison recalls, “I was sitting in the back of the room with Steve Skillman in “Heckler’s” row and I just couldn’t let this go by. I told John something to the effect that this was nonsense and that there was a lot that one cold do with the horn. John came right back and said that when the horn came to me (it was being passed around the room) to go ahead and keep it. The gauntlet had been taken off and the challenge issued;  John was pretty much telling me to put up or shut up.”

“Well now honor was at stake and I could not back down. So I took up the challenge and not only would I take this “Sow’s Ear” and make some sort of “Silk Purse” with it, but it would come back to the West Coast Horn Fair in 2013 to be  auctioned off.”

“The horn sat in my to do box until recently when I decided that I needed to “get-r-done”. When I got back from the WCHF last year, all I had done with it was to cut off the tip and drill the spout. I had originally thought that the horn would be good for a Southern banded horn with an applied tip and when I cut and drilled it, I saw that there was plenty of material for such a horn.”

The de-lamination in this tip was sanded off.

The de-lamination in this tip was sanded off.

“As you can see in the photo, there is approximately 1/2 inch at the tip, which would be plenty for an applied tip or even threaded for a screw tip. The discoloration at the tip is where the internal separation of the horn layers occurred. I decided on a horn with an applied antler tip.”

“I had turned a base plug and fitted a rear ring to the horn and when I did a trial fit of an antler tip the horn looked too long to my eye. I ended up taking about 3/4 inch more off of the tip which improved the proportion. There was still plenty of material at the tip so I had no problem fitting the antler.”

Applied Tip made from antler repair the defective tip.

Applied Tip made from antler repair the defective tip. 

“Of greater concern to me wasn’t the tip but the thinness of the horn. When the horn was cleaned and polished, there was left humps and hollows from the sander that was used. One side of the horn was also pretty flat. Normally, there is enough wall thickness on a horn that I can work it to some semblance of round. However, since this horn was to thin, I was afraid that if I tried to round it I might break through the wall. The best I could hope for was to remove the humps and hollows and have a smooth body. The flat spot would have to remain.”

Scott Morrison Horn before staining.

Scott Morrison Horn before staining.

“I first thought of having just one band on the horn, but decided that this would be too uninteresting so I went with three bands. I heated the bands so they were pliable and they slipped around the oblong shape of the body easily, leaving no gaps. The base plug is walnut. The button finial is turned horn and tapered to slip fit into the base.”

Banded horn By Scott Morrison

Banded horn By Scott Morrison

Two of the Three bands

Two of the Three bands. Scott says the flat spot is in the picture.

“I heated the bands so they were pliable and they slipped around the oblong shape of the body easily, leaving no gaps.”

Base Plug with WCHF for West Coast Horn Fair.

Base Plug with WCHF for West Coast Horn Fair.

“The base plug is walnut. The button finial is turned horn and tapered to slip fit into the base.”

Stained with aqua fortis, then added a patina

Stained with aqua fortis, then added a patina

“The horn was stained with aqua fortis, then a patina applied with a combination of shoe polish and black powdered tempura paint.”

The horn is translucent and light as a feather.

The horn is translucent and light as a feather.

“It measures 15 inches along the outside curve and 2 1/4 inches across at the base. The horn is nice and translucent and light as a feather.”

“I think it is an acceptable “Silk Purse” made from the “Sow’s Ear” that was the original horn.”

West Coast Horn Fair 2012 Report

June 11, 2012

SECOND ANNUAL WEST COAST HORN FAIR

An enthusiastic group of people gathered in Morro Bay, California on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, 2012. It was hosted by John and Linda Shorb, owners of Powder Horns and More.

Visitors at the display tables

Participants and visitors were from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and many parts of California. At 10 AM, Scott Morrison and John Shorb played their blowing horn serenade across the floor of the hall. This signaled the opening of the West Coast Horn Fair.

Examples Steve Vance brought for his talk

Steve Vance gave a two-hour talk on historic types of scrimshaw. He gave many illustrations and had several horns that showcased his topic. He discussed historical viewpoint, tips on achieving a better appearance, and the layout of scenes on a horn.

Steve Skillman at his table before his presentation

Next, Steve Skillman presented a talk about the specialized tools he uses in his horn work. High points included the thought of heating and bending files, the use of pen mills to square horn tips, and examples of many of the files Steve uses in his work. Ace Hardware is not the last place one should look for files. They are available from many other sources.

John Shorb teaching his class on blowing horns

John Shorb then discussed blowing horns. The size and thickness of the tip of a blowing horn is a major concern, as it has to be big enough to work with. He uses a hole saw to shape the outer edge of the mouthpiece and a pen mill to drill the inner recess.

A Dremel tool can be used to contour the inside of the mouthpiece. After that, it is just sand and polish.

Steve Skillman, Don Kerr and Steve Vance before the class on period correct horn repair.

Most of us gathered at Dorn’s Breakers Restaurant for dinner and great fellowship. We had a private dining room for our use. The food was fantastic, and the conversations were even better.

Horn examples for John Shorb’s class on horn selection and what makes a good or a bad horn.

Scott and John again provided a rousing chorus on their blowing horns, signaling the start of classes for the next day.

John Shorb discussed several topics, the first of which was shop safety. Keeping the eyes, ears and fingers all attached and in good working order is a prerequisite for happy horn making. Dust control and protection was also stressed. Next, he talked about horn selection, not trying to turn ugly horns into pretty powder horns, appropriate sizes, and right and left-side carry horns. He also discussed the first steps he takes in making a powder horn and the tools he uses, and why those steps are taken.

Scott Morrison talking on The placement of rings panels and grooves.

Scott Morrison next talked about The Golden Mean concept and how it figures into horn design. He discussed how to lay out horns for the placement of rings, panels, and grooves. The concept is to divide the horn into 8 segments, the body will comprise 5 segments and the neck will be 3. The old saying, “The eye don’t lie!” tells it all. If it doesn’t look right, it isn’t

Some participants attending the class on horn finishes.

After another Divine Catering lunch we waddled back into the class room for a round table discussion led by Scott Morrison and Steve Skillman on various horn finishes and finishing techniques. RIT dyes, potassium permanganate, acids, and natural dyes like walnut stain; berries, onionskins, etc were discussed.

A small part of the Horn books that Jim Hayden brought and discussed.

Next, our itinerate book peddler, Jim Hayden, discussed some of the many books available on the subject of powder horns. He left us all with a great bibliography on the subject and a CD filled with engraving scenes suitable for horn work.

In final session we talked about next year’s West Coast Horn Fair. We will try to implement many of the new ideas. It will be held on April 26 and 27th, 2013 in either Washington or Oregon. Details will be posted in the Powder Horns and More newsletter and www.westcoasthornfair.com.

Our Banquet

Finishing off the event was a banquet fit for a king. A crew from Cayucos Community Church came in, prepared a sumptuous feast. They cooked tri-tip roasts on the barbecue pit. And in addition they served a spring mix salad, oven cooked rice pilaf and candied carrots. For desert, there was a sheet cake with the West Coast Horn Fair logo powder horn on it.

The grand prize winner of the NMLRA 1 of 1000 print by David Wright.

Tickets for the Raffle prizes were drawn, and there were many happy winners. About half were from mail in tickets and the other half were bought at the event.

In closing, I would like to thank all the people who registered and attended, and the people who bought raffle tickets. Steve Vance, Steve Skillman, Scott Morrison, and Jim Hayden did a great job of making presentations. Thanks to my wife, Linda Shorb, who puts up with me on a daily basis. Without her, this would not have come about. The event was informative, successful and loads of fun. Hope to see you next year.

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

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

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.

Featured Artist of the month – Ed McDilda

February 9, 2011

My interest in shooting blackpowder rifles and history began as a child. If someone told me back then I would be making powder horns I would have laughed at them.

Ed McDilda Featured Artist of the Month December

Due to an injury three years ago, I was no longer able to continue with the job I was doing, which brought my love of history back to surface.

I started small at first, just dabbling here and there working on numerous things from quillwork to guns. It wasnt until I came across Scott Sibleys book on horn making that I discovered my love in making horns. After my first few attempts and some greatly appreciated guidance from a few great guys I met on line through some history forums I began to see how everything comes together to make a nice horn.

An unique horn project, a bottle made from horn. The bottom is a piece of flattened cow horn attached without any glue.

Without them and the support of a very special friend I dont believe I would be as far along in my horn making as I am which let me discover I truly love making Southern Style Horns and the occasional engraved horn.

A nice flattened powder horn with a screw tip

 

A nice little horn cup made with a piece of flattened horn for the bottom. No glue used in the construction of this cup.

So my thanks go out to John Shorb, Gary Elsenbeck, Jeff Bibb, Tim Crosby, Andrea Hudson, Scott Morrison and all the wonderful people I have met and talked with the past year in the Honorable Company of Horners, and The Horners Bench If you want you can contact me at eseabee1@comcast.net