new items on the blog site

Art and Jan Riser have posted a few more of my pouch sets from the Historic Rivers of the Froniter series...the Yadkin and the Missouri are new, and you can find images of them on the blog at this link...

A new old bag..

I was just delivered another "old" hunting bag to restore. Its a pretty nice little bag and has stood up well. The attached horn is a beauty, and theres a small measure with it as well. I have another bag at home waiting restoration too...its due by mid August...its a neat old home spun double bag from the percussion era....and closes with a commercially made early bone button...thats kind of rare. I have restored dozens of old hunting pouches, and this one is a pretty neat little one, and in remarkably good shape.

underhammer is here!

I forgot to mention that a few weeks ago I took delivery of my Charlie Bowers underhammer action. He mounted it to the stock I sent him on one end, and breeched my 48" DeHaas barrel to it on the other. All I can say is wow! With no more work at all this is a fully usable chunk gun...I wont leave it like that as I intend to finish it up in a fine early percussuin style complete with a few inlays and a nice pierced panel patch box inspired by the work of Brent Gurtek as seen on the "Underhammer Society" web page.

Yadkin pouch set near done

I nearly have the Yadkin set done...the pouch will have a painted flap, nothing much, but a bit of traditional fraktuer type painting...the horn hangs seperate...I figure the big German game bags never had attached horns, so why would an early bag set created by Moravians at the crossings of the Yadkin? (just my own concept at work there...) The knife is forged, hilted and sheathed, the hilt coming from an antique carving set and made of spiral fluted bone...or perhaps even ivory?


Just a note to say that due to the high amount of spam that keeps trying to log into this site, "NO" account will ever be authorized unless you set up an account and I personally authorize the access. If you have a name or email address that I cant recognize as legitimate, I will have to reject the application.

If you try to set up a legitimate account, and cant get access, try to contact me personally at any of the several traditional muzzle loading web boards I frequent...
Sorry, but I have to do it for now.

The Bees Are Here

Its not huntingpouches, but it is an old time craft none the less...bee keeping!
Our bees arrived Friday...four pounds of them and a queen.
They came through the US mail, can you believe it. Next time you think bad on the post office, just think about the crazy stuff they get delivered, like "LIVE BEES".

We set them out into the new hive...its a small 8 frame, two story English garden style hive with a copper roof. They were gentle as could be, (no pun intended),
and we got them into their new home with out too much excitement.

Yadkin set is underway

I have been working away on the Yadkin set between breaks from writing up all of the CLA p.r. articles...and its coming along pretty good...the bag is done...the horn too...and the knife ready to handle...need to make and attach a sheath for the knife...and want to antique the horn a bit more...then pair them all together and write the story of the "Yadkin at the Crossings" that accompanies the bag...
I hope its done by the end of the month...but I wont rush it....

Book review on "Blackpowder411"

Rick Sheets over at Blackpowder 411 has just posted a very nice review of my book
"Recreating the 18th Century Hunting Pouch".

THanks a million Rick...

Rick has a nice site there and is promoting alot of makers and craftsmed involved in the culture of long rifle with a series of reviews and biographies...its definately worth taking a look at his site by pointing and clicking on the above link.

Busy Busy Busy

It's time for the press releases to start hitting the printers for the upcoming CLA auction. This years theme is Certifiably Native, and all items represent things either made by, made for , or used by Native Americans. Theres quill work, forge work, silver work, leather work, cutlery, and even three guns...we have 27 artists and 21 items.

Sheath for Greene River set knife/ Thoughts on patch knives

Last night I made up the sheath for the Green River set...and I copied the sheath on the old bag Im basing the Green on....its actually a very crude sheath, and I want to explain why I would copy it...

I think, and evidence of extant examples seems to bear it out, that patch or utility knives were personal items added by the owners of the pouch, and not provided by the maker of the pouch, especially if the maker was a professional leather worker making items for stock and sale.

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