Rain Rain go away

We are having nothing but rain it seems...its good to get the normal fall soaking, but maybe not with so many beans yet in the fields...

I wanted to pour a lead ferrule on the patch knife I made this weekend for the Green River set, but couldnt get a long enough rain free window to do it...I melt the lead in a big ladle on the kitchen stove, then pour it right out side the back door...theres no way Id pour it inside, and carrying a ladle full of melted lead through the rain from the house to the shed seemed like a bad idea even if I set up to pour in there.

More on the Green

I got the horn made for the Green River set...Since it represents a fairly early set, I wanted an early horn...and decided that a plain lip horn would fit the bill.

Contemporary Makers Blog

My hat is off to Art and Jan Riser and Robert Weil and the Conmtemporary Makers Blog....its a great daily show case of full color pohotos of contemporary made blackpowder guns and accoutrements...they just featured photos of a horn I made awhile ago...and have regularly featured my creations as often as I send them photos.

Green River bag for Historic Rivers of the Frontier bag series.

Im working on the Green River bag now...its the Green of Kentucky not the one out west of Rondyvoo fame...but it sure has a history nearly as fascinating. Its a consigned bag per request, but all of the details are being left up to me...the area its to represent is Ft. Vienna...and Captain Rhoades who settled the area first...he is of German or Pennsylvania Dutch descent, and even though its a Kentucky bag, I want a more professional looking bag than a homespun long hunters rig...this part of the Green in Kentucky was settled and gentrified into big tobacco farms early ...

Fall Festivals

The fall festivals have come ond gone already...I cant believe how fast the year flew...I usually use the festivals to stock up on raw materials for the next years rummaging around through all the junk piles at Pecatonica, Spoon River and Utica's own burgoo here in Illinois has become a yearly ritual...some years are always better than others, but this year the yield was very really cool stuff at all...other than a bee keepers knife that I'm restoring for Bonnie.

Fall projects

9/24/09...Fall is here, and Im busier than ever...

New image of Jeff Bibb pouch

I have just posted a picture of a fowler pouch made by Jeff Bibb. He sent me the photo and a letter about it. I think its a great job.
Its under the "General Questions" section of the image gallery. Please take a look and see. Thanks Jeff...

New tool chest

Well, Im moving into a new tool chest...not me, but my leather tools.
I have outgrown the riggers bag, and my wife picked up a really nice little half size joiners/ carpenters box at a local antique market, so all the tools are going to a new should be ready to use and display for the upcoming CLA show...

Bark Tanned Deer Hide

Well...I have always wanted to try working with bark tanned deer hide, and I finally picked up a really nice one to try...and I have to say that Im kind of disapointed.


Well, maybe its not so? But it looks like spring may be on the way here.
The ground hog says no, but at least its not 35 degrees below anymore...

Big antique long gun show coming up here the end of the month. Its a great one. The best in the mid-west by a long site. I have a stack of pouches that I have been restoring that are due at the show. Quite an assortment of them, and a few interesting ones.

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