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.
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Edited by Linda Shorb