Author - Katie Horn

Forged Knife with Sheath & Stand by Verlin Cossel

Verlin Cossel regularly contributes remarkably unique works of art for the annual auction. This year, Cossel created another showstopper. Forged from 5160 steel, the blade carries decorative deer tracks and was tempered with a rich “Woodbury patina.” The knife’s handle is crafted from whitetail deer antler that exhibits hand carved cross hatching. Cossel’s knife comes with a custom sheath, made from vegetable tanned leather that’s covered with elk rawhide. The knife is also accompanied with a stunning display stand...

Quilled Hatband by Djuana Tucker

For sprucing up fancier headgear, well-known quill artist Djuana Tucker has donated a unique quill wrapped rawhide hatband. The artist relied on natural dyes to achieve the color palette: indigo for blue and walnut for browns. The hatband is 22 inches long, with a brain tanned leather lace on each end, ensuring that the piece will fit any size hat. Djuana Tucker: djuana70@yahoo.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Knife by Scott Summerville

Scott Summerville has once again donated one of his legendary blades. Summerville’s knife is inspired by an authentic eighteenth-century example. The original was quite large, about sixteen inches long when opened, and had the distinctive profile of a common soldier’s knife. Meticulously crafted from 1095 steel, each part of Summerville’s smaller version is heat treated differently depending on its intended purpose. The steel components are married to a pair of attractive rosewood scales. Scott Summerville: summerville1757@yahoo.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by...

Quilled Scissor Case by Christie Suchora

Christie Suchora created a unique scissor case decorated with porcupine quills. The case is made from brain tanned deerskin and is strung with a red silk ribbon so it can be worn around the neck or waist. The case is also affixed with a polished brass ring so it can be attached to a lady’s chatelaine. The case comes complete with a high-quality pair of gold-plated Gingher embroidery scissors. Christie Suchora: quillworkartist@gmail.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Haversack by Terry Smith

Terry Smith contributed an intriguing haversack that offers a pleasant contrast in colors. This large shooter’s bag is made from a repurposed piece of nineteenth century coverlet. The flap is made from rustic, untrimmed deerskin that still shows a bit of deer hair. The leather portions of the bag were dyed with walnut hulls and treated with bear grease and neat's-foot oil. Terry Smith: tls_50flintlock@yahoo.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Hunting Shirt by De-Anda Shaver

Frontiersmen were known to favor the ubiquitous hunting shirt of early America, and De-Anda Shaver has donated a fine example for the auction. The shirt is made from natural linen and entirely sewn by hand. Decorated with eye-catching, hand pulled fringe, the shirt also features pleated sleeves and bone buttons. Sized roughly L-XL, this roomy shirt will comfortably attire most backwoodsmen. De-Anda Shaver: d.e.shaver68@gmail.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Boys Waistcoat by Heather Schneider

This year’s auction features a delightful example of colonial domestic arts: an embroidered boy’s waistcoat. This waistcoat, created by Heather Schneider, is inspired by an original dated to 1756. Schneider’s recreation is made from cream colored linen, affixed with pewter buttons, and adorned with an embroidered floral motif. Although this piece will nicely outfit any young gentleman, it will also function perfectly as refreshing period décor, sure to complement a wide range of design schemes. Heather Schneider: rubydoo54a@gmail.com Text by Joshua...

Hunting Pouch by William Schneider & Powder Horn by Willy Frankfort with accessories

William Schneider and Willy Frankfort created a collaborative set that exemplifies the frugal maxim of “waste not, want not.” Each item in the set was made from repurposed materials. The bag is made from brain tanned leather rescued from a discarded legging; the straps are cut from a vintage plow line. The horn is an original piece that had been damaged from use, but has been tastefully repaired with leather patching. William Schneider: airwolf54@yahoo.com Willy Frankfort: wildwilly1747@verizon.net Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by...

Multi-use Bag by Linda Pritchard

Traditional quillwork makes a visually stunning addition to any collection of frontier art. Renowned quill artist Linda Pritchard created a unique multi-use bag inspired by Native American false flap shot bags. Pritchard’s recreation is suitable for a living history event but will also accommodate a pair of glasses or a cell phone. This diminutive bag is made from brain-tanned deerskin with an interior lining of blue wool. The bag is further decorated with dyed porcupine quills and deer hair...

Shot Pouch by Maryellen Pratt

Maryellen Pratt donated an outstanding shot pouch made from deeply textured, bark tanned alligator hide. The spout is made from elegantly turned curly maple, and was richly finished with aqua fortis. Pratt’s contribution to this year’s auction, which will accommodate either shot or round ball, is an excellent opportunity to add a distinctive addition to your blackpowder rig. Maryellen Pratt: mlovespratt@hotmail.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Powder Horn & Hunting Pouch by Jim Pease & Knife by Nathan Allen

Jim Pease and Nathan Allen created a blackpowder rig centered around a sturdy bag made from hard-wearing cowhide. The front flap is decorated with simple tooling in the form of a period floral motif. The bag comes complete with an elegant southwest Virginia powder horn with a turned antler spout and a single decorative band. The set is accompanied with a knife that Nathan Allen hand forged from an antique buggy spring. The blade is fitted to a richly...

Pincushion by Beckie Mooneyhan

For mending tired clothing, Beckie Mooneyhan created a pincushion with a cheerful design scheme using Irish flame stitch. The carnation motif on this pincushion is Mooneyhan’s own design, loosely based on originals. The pincushion is made from crewel yarns colored with period dyes including indigo, turmeric, and cochineal. The pincushion is stuffed with unprocessed “greasy” wool: the natural lanolin contained in the wool ensures that needles and pins won’t rust. Beckie Mooneyhan: plantgrrrl@gmail.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Bear Oil by Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller has donated four large and four small bottles of her famous rendered bear oil for the event. On the early frontier, bear oil was used for everything from cooking to waterproofing. Eight lucky buyers at this year’s auction will be surprised to find one of the bottles of bear oil included with their item. Sarah Miller: stephenandsarah1990@gmail.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Men’s Linen Shirt by Phyllis McDonald-Dotson

Whether you’re headed to the woods for a period trek or bound for the range to shoot a bit of blackpowder, you can do so in appropriate style thanks to Phyllis McDonald Dotson. Dotson contributed a linen men’s shirt in size XL. Roomy enough to accommodate most gentlemen, this comfortable shirt is completely hand sewn and comes with a linen neck stock and bone button cufflinks. Although this shirt is resilient enough for rugged use, the included neck stock...

Frontier Knife by “Iron” John Logan & Sheath by “Copperrein” Stephanie Aust

“Iron” John Logan and “Copperrein” Stephanie Aust produced a remarkable frontier knife. John hand forged the blade from 1080 steel. The handle is made from beautifully patterned curly maple and is decorated with a poured pewter bolster and silver wire inlay. One side of the handle features a hand carved inscription reading “CLA 27.” Stephanie created a quilled sheath to accompany the knife. Made from heavy harness leather, the sheath is trimmed with a striking border of fringe along...

Willow Basket by Vicki Hast

Vicki Hast donated a lovely example of basketry. Her piece is a traditional rib style basket that’s appropriate for use in the herb garden or as period décor for your home. Hast used several different types of willow to weave the basket, and the cordage in the “smile” of the basket is made from Siberia Iris leaves. Hast gathers materials from her own willow patch, where she currently cultivates nine different varieties. Vicki Hast: vickihast@gmail.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon...

Hunting Pouch & Powder Horn Set by Tom Greco

Tom Greco has donated an excellent bag and horn set. The bag, made from bark tanned leather, is lined with pillow ticking, and the bag’s leather strap has a forged iron buckle. Greco also made a large powder horn to accompany this bag. Fitted with a crisply turned walnut base and stopper, the horn has its own leather strap and iron buckle. Tom Greco: flintlock52@yahoo.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Shooter’s Bag by Shelly Gier & Kerry Masarik

Shelly Gier and Kerry Masarik collaborated on a unique shooter’s bag that’s based on a frontier original. Gier’s contemporary version is functional and eye-catching. It’s made from vegetable tanned leather and has beautifully contrasting layers of color and a nicely burnished finish. Gier’s leatherwork is complemented by Masarik’s custom fabric, which lines the pouch’s flap and was used on the strap as well. For this project, Masarik produced a wool fabric with a striking pattern, which was made by...

The Scout Set by Paul Fennewald, Chad Matthews, Jeff Gier & Travis Bauer

Travis Bauer, Jeff Gier, Paul Fennewald, and Chad Matthews teamed up to create a complete shooter’s rig christened “The Scout Set.” The set, which pays homage to the scouts and rangers that protected the early frontier, is built around a pouch by Travis Bauer. Made from supple calfskin, the bag features a large interior pocket. The strap is made from vegetable tanned leather and has an antique harness buckle. Jeff Gier contributed a powder horn from Scottish Highlander cattle....

Hunting Pouch by Denise Cossel

Denise Cossel contributed a bag that beautifully showcases her skills as a weaver. The hunting bag is hand made from vegetable tanned cowhide and sports a deep brown patina and fringe around the edge. Cossel’s weaving is on full display in the bag’s wool strap, which is fitted with an adjustable iron buckle hand forged by the artist. Denise Cossel: dcossel@twc.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Hand-Knit Cap & Fingerless Mitts by Emily Burns

Emily Burns donated a cozy knit cap that’s perfect for your next living history event or period hunt. The cap is based on an original seventeenth century whaler’s cap. Burns’ contemporary version is made from handspun merino/targhee wool. The cap features a pleasant color palette derived from natural dyes including indigo and osage orange. The hand-knit cap is also accompanied by a pair of matching fingerless mitts. Emily Burns: emilyd.burns@yahoo.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Bath & Laundry Sets by Mary Brandenburg & Jenny Slover

Regardless of the century in which you live, getting clean after a long day of work is simply indispensable. Mary Brandenburg and Jenny Slover teamed up to donate a truly unique offering: two period-appropriate bath and laundry sets. The first set comes accompanied with the centuries-old standard of lye soap. The second set includes Slover’s “Grime Getter” soap. As its name implies, it’s the perfect soap for blacksmiths or textile dyers. It’s made from natural ingredients including clary sage,...

Beaver Tail Hunting Pouch by Daniel Boehringer

Daniel Boehringer created a classic beaver tail bag, always a favorite with active blackpowder shooters. The bag is made from vegetable tanned leather and a two-inch tapered gusset. Tt’s a roomy, practical bag that’s visually appealing. The front flap is made from a Minnesota beaver tail, and the bag is also trimmed with a modest amount of fringe. Daniel Boehringer: dannyb51@hotmail.com Text by Joshua Shepherd Photography by Gordon Barlow/Katie Horn

Shooter’s Kit by Jay Blain, Jonah Cain & Henry Bowman

Jay Blain, Jonah Cain, and Henry Bowman teamed up to create a complete shooter’s kit consisting of a Blain bag, Bowman horn, and Cain knife. This set has the rugged look of a centuries-old original. The artists built their set around a fictional backstory: its mythical history begins near Winchester, Virginia, travels down the Great Wagon Road, through the Cumberland Gap, and winds up in the western foothills of the Appalachians. It spans four generations of one imaginary family...

Hunting Pouch & Powder Horn Set by Jay Blain

Jay Blain has made a bag and horn set that is inspired by smaller nineteenth century bags. It includes an eye-catching bearded bag, made from vegetable tanned leather, and has an additional interior pocket. Blain’s powder horn is about eight inches long, holding just enough powder for a day of hunting.  Also included in this set are two items made by R.M. McCoy: a 30-grain antler powder measure and a vent pick forged from an eighteenth-century nail. Jay Blain: jayblain8@gmail.com Text...

Early American Shirt by De-Anda Shaver

Whether you’re a period long hunter or a casual target shooter, a historically appropriate shirt will make a nice addition to your collection. This year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction will feature a quality eighteenth century style shirt by De-Anda Shaver. This shirt is made from natural & blue medium weight cross bar 100% Polish linen and was entirely hand sewn. This roomy, period-appropriate shirt comes in size large. De-Anda is a gifted craftswoman who’s dedicated to the living history community...

Twined Buffalo Wool and Nettle Fiber Bag by Beverly Simpson

Spare flints, extra balls, turnscrew; it seems that every black powder shooter has too many extra supplies rattling around in his pouch. Fortunately, a very special donation to this year’s CLF Fundraising Auction will help fix the dilemma of every muzzleloading enthusiast. Artist Beverly Simpson is one of the Women Artists of the CLA group who created a piece for this year’s Auction.  Her twined bag is a small, multi-use piece that will fit nicely into your shooting bag, or,...

“Join or Die” Patriotic Folk Painting by Angela Jones McMullen

Prior to attending the Albany Congress in 1754, Benjamin Franklin began advocating for greater cooperation among the British colonies of North America. In May of that year, Franklin published an illustration in the Pennsylvania Gazette that hinted at the need for greater unity. Franklin depicted a dismembered snake, each representing a specific colony, with the line “Join, or Die” below the image. Throughout the French and Indian War, and later during the Revolution, the image of the snake was...

Eighteenth Century Wool Cap and Mitts by Emily Burns

On the early frontier, utilizing every available resource was simply a way of life. Kentuckian William Clinkenbeard explained that buffalo wool was often mixed with nettle fibers to produce ready-made textiles. “The buffalo wool,” he would later write, “was the longest in the spring, and the longest we called the best. Yearlings and two-year-old's had the best wool on. Made the buffalo wool into hats too.” For this year’s CLF Fundraising Auction, artist Emily Burns has contributed a set of...

Ft. Duquesne Powder Horn by Jack Pennington

CLA artists consistently find ways to blend contemporary art with a healthy respect for the past. For this year’s CLF Fundraising Auction, Jack Pennington has contributed an outstanding horn that serves as a tangible chronicle of frontier Pennsylvania. The artist explains that “this horn was built to represent what a coureur-de-bois, French-educated native, or French soldier may have built while garrisoning this particular frontier bastion.” This impressively proportioned powder horn, crafted from a bison horn, measures 8 ½ inches around...

Haversack by Gary Tingler

Artist Gary Tingler routinely produces outstanding donations for the CLF Live Fundraising Auction, and this year is certainly no exception. For the 2022 event, Tingler has produced a durable haversack that’s full of frontier character. This bag will be perfect for your next living history event or trip afield. The body of the haversack was made from heavy linen cloth, dyed in a walnut hull bath, and given a protective coat of beeswax. It’s a well-made bag, hand-sewn with waxed...

Classic Frontier Knife by Todd Butler

Artist Todd Butler’s hand-forged knives are in high demand, and for good reason. His knives are among the best blades currently available in the custom market and are only increasing in popularity with collectors. Elegant lines, rugged dependability, and unparalleled craftsmanship characterize the work of this master bladesmith. A regular supporter of the CLF Fundraising Auction, his donation to this year’s event is a standout that’s sure to elicit competitive bidding. This early 19th century-inspired frontier knife, hand forged from...

Haversack by Terry Smith

The skilled craftsmen of the CLA consistently produce remarkable art for the annual fundraising auction; for this year’s event, Terry Smith created a truly fresh take on an old standby. Smith’s haversack will bring a touch of class to the firing line of your next black powder event. The body of this stunning bag, entirely handsewn with waxed thread, was made from a vintage coverlet remnant which offers a bit of stunning visual contrast to the rest of the bag,...

“Blue Stroud” – Original Oil Painting by Lon Brauer

Painted portraiture, particularly of historical subjects, lends itself to the flavor of Early Americana.  For this year’s CFL Fundraising Auction, contemporary artist Lon Brauer has created a beautiful original oil painting in the tradition of Gilbert Stuart, with a touch of Karl Bodmer, which will be a fine addition to any collection of American Art. This work is in a classical style of studio paintings common to the 18th and 19th centuries before the advent of photography. This original oil...

Willow Basket by Vicki Hast

The craft of handweaving baskets is an age-old art form that saw widespread use in early America. For this year’s CLF Live Fundraising auction, artist Vicki Hast has contributed a delightful woven basket that will fit in well at a living history event or function as period décor for the home. Hast created this gathering basket from European cultivated willow that was raised and harvested on the Hast Farm in Ohio County, Kentucky. The intricately woven willow stems are nicely contrasted with...

Hunting Pouch, Horn and Knife Set by Jeff Luke, Joe-D Baxter and Jonah Cain

In the modern world, making and using tools from natural materials is a refreshing way to connect to reality. For this year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction, a trio of artists has teamed up to create a hunting rig that evokes straightforward craftsmanship and rugged performance. The set is built around a hunting bag by Jeff Luke, a longtime auction supporter. Luke explains that the set is intended to “represent typical backwoods hunting rig from the mountains of Tennessee in the...

Bag, Horn and Tomahawk Set by Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick and Chad Matthews

This set, made by Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick and Chad Matthews, was created to represent the backcountry in the colonial period.  The project drew its inspiration from Todd Hambrick’s powder horn.  The horn is a close copy of an original currently in the possession of Mel Hankla.  The horn is believed to be from the French and Indian War era.  This information inspired us to attempt to recreate a kit that a backwoods colonial might have carried off to...

Antler-Handled Frontier Knife by Darcy Quapp

For black powder enthusiasts, there’s nothing quite like the ubiquitous antler-handled knife of the early frontier. Crafted from readily available materials, these knives saw heavy use in the backcountry, and continue to be a blade of choice for the modern frontiersman. This year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction will feature an excellent example of this popular knife by Canadian bladesmith Darcy Quapp. Hand-forged from 5160 steel, the blade is married to an antler handle harvested from a prime Alberta whitetail. The entire...

Lady’s Pocket by Heather Schneider

The creative women of the CLA have made this year’s fundraising auction a pleasant exploration of often underappreciated aspects of early American life. For this year’s live fundraising event, artist Heather Schneider has created what many of us take for granted in the modern world: a pocket. Schneider’s pocket will work well at a living history event or as a delightful addition to your home collection. The pocket is based on an original 18th century design which can be found in...

French and Indian War Era Powder Horn by Barbara Smith

Engraved powder horns are not only functional for the modern black powder shooter but are justifiably considered works of art in their own right. This year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction features a prime example of 18th century-inspired art by Barbara Smith. Smith’s powder horn is loosely based on a French & Indian War period horn originally made in 1760.  The surface of the horn features elaborates and well-executed scrimshaw designs including a soldier, a man and woman, a church, house,...

Hunting Shirt by Mary Brandenburg

In the summer of 1775, George Washington was desperate to properly uniform the nascent Continental Army then forming around Boston. During the first week of August, Washington requested Connecticut authorities to begin producing inexpensive clothing for his men and sent along a sample of frontier clothing for them to use as a pattern. It was an “Indian or Hunting Shirt” with “a cape ruffled.” Washington explained that “It is designed as a Species of Uniform both cheap & convenient.” This...

Housewife Sewing Kit by Rebecca (Beckie) Mooneyhan

In the 18th and 19th centuries, any man unlucky enough to need clothing mended while away from home desperately needed the assistance of a “housewife”, or as they’re prosaically known a “huswif.” Whether in the barracks or in the field, soldiers and frontiersmen could tackle the job of repairing their clothing or uniform with a tidy, portable sewing kit known as a housewife. The term goes back to at least the middle of the 18th century, but this year’s CLF...

Powder Horn and Strap by Henry and Dianna Bowman

The powder-horn is based upon the professionally made 4th generation York County, Pennsylvania powder-horns of the very early 1800s. The characteristics found on this horn and common to 4th generation York’s horns, include concentric grooves at butt and spout, fruit wood butt (cherry in this horn) with rope carving and Greek key carving, and a removable turned horn screw tip (this one has the "beehive" style) that can be used as a filling funnel. The incised engravings include truncated text...

Bag and Powder Horn by Bill Pritchard and Knife by Casey McClure

The skilled craftsmen of the CLA often produce fine frontier art that can easily be mistaken for a centuries-old original. For this year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction, artists Casey McClure and Bill Pritchard have teamed up to produce a rugged hunting rig that looks like it’s seen heavy use on the 18th century frontier. This set is built around Pritchard’s D-shaped hunting bag, which is crafted from bark-tanned deerskin. This workingman’s bag, measuring 7 by 8 inches, is entirely hand-sewn...

Alligator-Themed Knife by Verlin Cossel

Bladesmith Verlin Cossel, a perennial supporter of the CLF Live Fundraising Auction, is renowned for creating entirely unique knives that come accompanied with a custom display stand. His creation for this year’s auction is a one-of-a-kind work of art with a remarkable back story. Featuring an alligator theme, Cossel’s knife, measuring 13 inches overall with an 8-inch-long-blade, is a robust edged weapon worthy of the southern frontier. Cossel’s stunning frontier blade was forged from 1095 steel; a full tang is...

Fringed Hunting Bag by Shelly Gier and Hand-Woven Strap by Kerry Masarik

For your next trip to the range or the woods, artists Shelly Gier and Kerry Masarik have teamed up to create a well-made and historically appropriate hunting bag that’s been donated to this year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction. Gier describes her hunting bag as inspired by early 19th century styling “with a bit of working-class western influence.” The body of the bag is made from vegetable tanned cowhide which is lined with goat leather. The bag features an exterior gusseted...

Mid-Eighteenth-Century Folding Knife by Scott Summerville

In early America, the humble pocketknife could be found from the drawing rooms of Tidewater estates to the farthest reaches of the frontier. George Washington is known to have owned a number of folding knives, and famed explorer Meriwether Lewis famously carried a pen knife all the way the Pacific Ocean and back. For the 2022 CLF Live Fundraising Auction, perennial auction supporter Scott Summerville has donated another stellar example of a colonial folding knife which is sure to garner...

Pennsylvania Rifle by Larry Gardner

Few weapons from American history exude beauty and mystique quite like the Pennsylvania rifle. This year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction is pleased to offer an exquisite example of the Pennsylvania rifle by one of the most respected makers in the nation, Larry Gardner. This classic Pennsylvania rifle sports a .45 caliber, 36-inch-long barrel paired with a strikingly figured maple stock. The stock carries tasteful and crisp carving and is fitted with gleaming brass furniture. Gardner has long been regarded a...

Quilled Hat Band by Djuana Tucker

During the 18th and 19th centuries, no self-respecting gentleman, or scoundrel for that matter, would consider venturing into public without a hat. For the modern-day frontiersman headed for the range, the rendezvous, or the woods, that hasn’t changed. For those hoping to set their headgear apart from the crowd, CLA artist Djuana Tucker has donated a unique quill-wrapped rawhide hatband to this year’s fundraising auction. Typical of Tucker’s work, the piece is constructed with historically appropriate materials. The artist relied...