2013 Live Auction

During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Everyone is in for a real treat. Not only will you be getting an advance preview of the 2013 fund raising auction items here, but you will have an opportunity to get to know these artists, learn a little about them and how they created this fine array of items for the auction. Individual works will be added to this site as they are received, so visit often to see these new exciting creations.

We are excited to feature works by the following artists:

• T.C. Albert • Brian Anderson • Ray Boessel • Jeff Bottiger • Darrell Brandenburg • Bob Browner • Joshua Crain • Tim Crosby • Todd Daggett • Jerry Eitnier • Matthew Fennewald • Paul Fennewald • Tom Gifford • Jim Hays • Marilyn Holcombe • Wayne Holcombe • Marvin Kemper • Darrin McDonal • Glen Mock • Jim Parker • Tim Sanner • Joe Seabolt • Donald Shaver • Calvin Tanner • Jim Webb • Pam Patrick White • Layne Zuelke

A Hunter’s Shot Pouch Set from a Frontier on the Eve of War by Cal Tanner and Jim Hays

Cal Tanner is a maker of hunting pouches, haversacks, powderhorns and other items who is well known for his exceptional leather craftsmanship and quality. He has won numerous awards for his work, which, in Cal's own words, he approaches with the mindset of a professionally-trained eastern craftsman working with locally available materials after moving to [...]

An Andy Jackson Alligator Horsemen’s Knife by Joe Seabolt

By T.C. Albert Trekking across the Louisiana bayou two brothers rushed to get to the besieged port city before it was too late. Even though a decisive American victory had been declared, the pair was disappointed that the battle had ended and that they had missed the chance to share in its glory. The British [...]

The Joshua Crain Commander Oliver Hazard Perry Knife

You may not have heard much about him yet, but Im sure you soon will. One of the youngest artisans of the Contemporary Longrifle Association, Joshua Crain approached us about donating a project to the 2013 War of 1812 fund raising auction, and then totally knocked it out of the park with this commemorative knife. [...]

Chippewa Birchbark Canoe Model by Ray Boessel

Ray Boessel Junior has graciously donated one of his Chippewa-style birch bark canoes as an auction item for the 2013 CLA show in Lexington. It is a scaled down version (model) of the larger size he makes at his canoe shop in Northern Minnesota, near the Big Fork River. It measures five feet long and [...]

A Tansel Style Powder Horn by Jeff Bottiger

On the sleepy Indiana frontier, led by their War of 1812 veteran patriarch, a family of prolific hornsmiths carved their way into American folk art history. Francis Tansel and his sons John, Timothy and Stark produced such a consistent though uniquely decorated powder horn that today their work is instantly recognized and simply called the [...]

Squire Boone Pipe Ax and the War of 1812

Brian Anderson of Bristol Vermont is a well-known gunsmith, artist, teacher, and blacksmith, and he offered to put his skills to work for our 2013 CLA Fundraising Auction by making us a copy of the Squire Boone Pipe Axe. When you think of the Boones, you don't often think of their involvement in the War [...]

A Circa 1810~1825 Pouch and Horn Set by Donald Shaver

CLA artist Donald Shaver handcrafted this circa 1810 to 1825 hunting pouch and horn set for the 2013 CLA fundraising auction. The pouch is based on the one seen on page 25 of Madison Grants book The Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch. He crafted the traditional deep D shaped pouch itself from bark tanned cow hide [...]

Daniel Boone’s longhunter’s pouch & horn set by Tim Crosby & Tim Albert

Tim Crosby and TC Albert teamed up to make this copy of a Daniel Boone horn and pouch set. The set is based on images of a pouch and horn known to have once been owned by Daniel Boone, and traded to a neighbor along the Big Sandy River in the late 1790s. In the [...]

WIKI UP ~ An original pastel painting by Pamela Patrick White

Nationally renowned artist Pamela Patrick White has donated one of her exquisite works of art for this years CLA Fund Raising auction. Wiki Up shows a group of Woodland Indians lounging around the fire in the interior of a wiki-up, hence the title for the painting. The original pastel is framed in a handsome hardwood [...]

The John Jacob Sheetz Rifle Project

By Mark Sage (Reprinted by permission of Muzzle Blasts) On the morning of January 8, 1815, 2000 English Soldiers lay dead or wounded on a soggy, marshy battlefield six miles downriver from New Orleans. In a fight that lasted less than an hour, the Americans under Andrew Jackson had done the impossible and beaten the [...]

A Woodland Native Prisoner Tie by Darrell Brandenburg with Quillwork by Tom Gifford

Darrell Brandenburg was born 1941 in the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. He was raised on a farm some 30 miles distant from Alpena, the nearest large city. All of his life Darrell has been interested in American history, hunting, primitive skills, camping and being outdoors. These interests have been logged in [...]

Jerry Eitnier Powder Horn

By Heinz Ahlers Indiana gunmaker, Jerry Eitnier has been involved in the sport of muzzleloading for more than 40 years. He joined the National Muzzle Loading Association in 1973, and later became a charter member of the Contemporary Longrifle Association in 1991. In 1987 he built his first longrifle. Influenced by Hershel House's work, he [...]

Bob Browner’s copy of the Andrew Jackson Pistol

(Reprinted by permission of Muzzle Blasts, June 2013 issue) "Andrew Jackson's Dueling Pistol" By T. C. Albert An important firearm made by a renowned gunmaker for a renowned United States President now resides in that President's historic home. The gunmaker: Phillip Creamer The President: Andrew Jackson This distinguished firearm, a dueling pistol once owned by [...]

Plug Bayonet by Todd Daggett

Written by Heinz Ahlers Todd Daggett is a carpenter by trade and a blacksmith for love of the art. He is an active member of the CLA and a member of the American Mountain Men since 1995. Todd strongly supports the CLA mission and says the Lexington Show is the only show he does all [...]

Isaac Shelby Commemorative Knife by Glen Mock

As the 18th century closed, treaties were signed and the frontier moved west. Among the Americans who volunteered from Kentucky in the War of 1812 were many veterans of the Revolution and the bloody frontier conflict that consumed the Ohio Valley and southern Appalachians for years afterward. Isaac Shelby served as a soldier in Lord [...]

A Fine Lexington Style Rifle by Marvin Kemper

By Guy Montfort Marvin Kemper has crafted a groundbreaking piece - a stunning, museum quality reproduction of an early 19th century longrifle in the style of the Bryan family of central Kentucky that he has graciously donated for the Contemporary Longrifle Foundation 2013 fundraising auction. By the time of the War of 1812 the "Kentucky [...]

Trade Silver Shell Gorget by Wayne & Marilyn Holcombe

Brooklyn, Michigan residents Wayne and Marilyn Holcombe are silversmiths by trade and operate XX TRADE SILVER. XX Trade Silver began 10 years ago when their close friend, Chuck Leonard, a premier silversmith taught them the art of silversmithing. Wayne chuckles when he relates how it all started. "I was involved with competition black powder shooting [...]

A Choctaw Style Bow, Quiver, and Arrows Set by Matt & Paul Fennewald

Pushmataha is the most famous chief of the Choctaw nation and was the primary Choctaw war leader during the War of 1812. Pushmataha died in 1825 on a diplomatic mission to Washington DC and is buried there in the Congressional Cemetery as Brigadier General Pusnmataha. When CLA member Matt Fennewald heard the theme of the [...]

Nathan Boone Pouch & Horn Set by Tim Sanner & Jim Webb

A few years after the Boone family settled along the Femme Osage in Missouri, the War of 1812 broke out. Soon war parties of Native Americans loyal to the British began attacking American settlers up and down the Mississippi River. Though he wanted to serve, Daniel Boone was deemed too old to serve and stayed [...]

Jerry Eitnier Knife & Sheath

By Heinz Ahlers Indiana gunmaker, Jerry Eitnier has been involved in the sport of muzzleloading for more than 40 years. He joined the National Muzzle Loading Association in 1973, and later became a charter member of the Contemporary Longrifle Association in 1991. In 1987 he built his first longrifle. Influenced by Hershel House's work, he [...]

Trade Silver Wrist Band by Wayne & Marilyn Holcombe

Brooklyn, Michigan residents Wayne and Marilyn Holcombe are silversmiths by trade and operate XX TRADE SILVER. XX Trade Silver began 10 years ago when their close friend, Chuck Leonard, a premier silversmith taught them the art of silversmithing. Wayne chuckles when he relates how it all started. "I was involved with competition black powder shooting [...]