Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Doug Hall Giclee

This is another prize from the CLA's silent auction this year. Linda ended up with the high bid on Doug Hall's Treetop Advantage giclee. Doug lives in Missouri, and when he's not painting, he likes horseback riding and building and shooting longrifles.

You can contact Doug and see more of his work at www.doug-hall.com.

Bill Scurlock

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lisa Crews Commemorative Horn

Lisa Crews, a potter from Hickman, Kentucky, made this ceramic "horn" especially for the silent auction at this year's CLA Show. My cousin, Richard, ended up making the high bid. I didn't think to measure it while it was here at the office, but it is a regular size horn. 

Lisa attends many events in the eastern part of the country and always has some beautiful delft pieces, as well as pit-fired, unglazed native pieces for sale. You can contact her at bonecamp@yahoo.com.

Bill Scurlock

Friday, August 27, 2010

R. L. Darrall Huntboard

Our good friends from down in this country, Bobby and Debbie, were also at the CLA show and bought this huntboard from R.L. Darrall. Linda and I carried it home for them because they did not have covered room in their pickup. It has a curly maple top and a painted poplar case. The large drawers have hand-cut dovetails – half-blind at the front and through at the back. All of the work was done with period hand tools. It's a beautiful example of the work Butch is producing these days. 

You can contact R.L. Darrall at traditionalcraftman@yahoo.com.

Bill Scurlock

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scott Shea Pouch and Horn

This pouch and horn set were made by Scott Shea and donated to the CLA. Linda won the bid on this set in the silent auction. It also included the powder measure and patch knife. The translation for Psalm 84:11 on the reverse side of the horn follows:

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." (King James version).

Some of Scott's work was reviewed in "Prime Possibles" in the Sept/Oct 2010 issue. You can see more or contact Scott through his website www.scottshearifles.com.

Bill Scurlock

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hartley Horn Drawings Book

I'm back from almost two weeks away. First, went to see my oldest son, Justin, in New York City. He has a residency job with a firm there as part of his studies with the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. It's a great opportunity for him, and he's doing well.

On the way back to Texas, we attended the CLA Show in Lexington, Kentucky. It was another great show, with more to see than time to see it. And more folks to visit with than time to visit.

A new book produced by the Honourable Company of Horners was introduced at the show and was a big hit. Titled The Hartley Horn Drawings: A Collection of Powder Horn Drawings by Robert M. Hartley, this 80-page book reproduces all 40 drawings held by the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville, New York. These drawings date to between 1933 and 1938 and are a great resource for the horn maker or collector. I helped the HCH on the publication and printing end of the project, and the book turned out beautifully.

These books are available at store.scurlockpublishing.com

Bill Scurlock

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rapt Attention to Trail-Cam Images

After a long, hot day of work at the hunting lease about two weeks ago, some of the members gathered in the cabin to look a trail-camera photos on a laptop. We're eagerly awaiting the hunting season this fall. There are a lot of does and some pretty good bucks showing up on the images. Shown here from the left are Jacob, Tom, Trey and Mo. Brian is there too, but he's hidden behind Trey and Mo. 

Bill Scurlock

Monday, August 9, 2010

Clay Smith Pouch and Horn

Though I've had this pouch and horn, both made by Clay Smith, for a while, I didn't get them paired up, with straps on the bag and horn, until last Friday. There will be an article on one of Clay's "trade rifles" in the September/October issue. You can contact Clay at [www.claysmithguns.com].

Bill Scurlock

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shinin Times Valley Rendezvous–Wisconsin

MUZZLELOADER recently received a couple of images from last year's Shinin Times Valley Rendezvous in Lynoon Station, Wisconsin. The booshway was Andy "Red Bear" VanSickle, shown at left in the lower photo, presenting a one-year subscription of MUZZLELOADER to Ed Anderson.

Bill Scurlock

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mike Taylor Quilled Pouch

I almost left this quilled pouch made by Michael Taylor out of my posts about this year's CLA auction. This quilled brain-tan bag is also in the live auction on Friday, August 20th, in Lexington, Kentucky. You can contact Mike at [www.michaeljtaylor.com].

Bill Scurlock

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Jacob Shooting

Yes, it was hot last week. Not as hot as this week, though. But son Jacob pulled out the Steve Davis iron-mounted .54 and did some shooting. He will be home this fall, still going to college, but plans to deer hunt at our lease. Therefore, he is practicing. He did pretty well this day, and the afternoon before,
but still needs the practice. We all look forward to having him at the camp this fall.

Bill Scurlock

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Clay Smith Copper Candles

Noted gunmaker and craftsman, Clay Smith, has been making these copper candles this year. I got a couple of them after the Fort Frederick trade fair. These fit perfectly in the socket of my candle lanterns, and they never burn short. You fill the copper container with liquid paraffin, and light the wick. It will burn for about 4 hours.

I don't know that there are any original lamps just like this, but blown glass peg lamps, burning whale oil, work the same way and date back to at least the early 19th century.

You can contact Clay at [www.claysmithguns.com] or email [claysmith@cox.net].

Bill Scurlock

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tomahawk by Frank House, Ian Pratt and Joe Seabolt

This reproduction of the Jacob Fraiser tomahawk, made by Frank House, Ian Pratt and Joe Seabolt, is part of the 2010 CLA live auction at the annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday, August 20th. You can contact House at 859-707-5429, Pratt at 303-658-4049 or Seabolt at 513-722-4321.

Bill Scurlock