1812

  The Joshua Crain “Commander Oliver Hazard” Perry Knife (March 1st, 2013)
You may not have heard much about him yet, but I’m 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.   More...

Chippewa Birchbark Canoe Model by Ray Boessel (March 8th, 2013)
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.  More...

A Tansel Style Powder Horn by Jeff Bottiger (March 10th, 2013)
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 Tansel style.”  More...

Squire Boone Pipe Ax and the War of 1812 (March 10th, 2013)
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”.  More...

A Circa 1810~1825 Pouch and Horn Set by Donald Shaver (March 15th, 2013)
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 Grant’s book “The Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch”. He crafted the traditional deep “D” shaped pouch itself from bark tanned cow hide and like the original that had a strap made of old time “listing”, Donald used an old woven strap that he had on hand, made by C.J. Wilde of Wilde Weavery.  More...

Daniel Boone's longhunter's pouch & horn set by Tim Crosby & Tim Albert (March 26th, 2013)
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.  More...

WIKI UP ~ An original pastel painting by Pamela Patrick White (April 9th, 2013)
Nationally renowned artist Pamela Patrick White has donated one of her exquisite works of art for this year’s 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 frame and measures a generous 34” x 29”. This wonderful work of art by one of America’s foremost historical painters will make a beautiful addition to anyone’s home or office.   More...

The John Jacob Sheetz Rifle Project (May 15th, 2013)
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 proud and powerful British army, touted to be the best in the world at that time. The Brits were well equipped, better supplied and had just defeated Napoleon's massive well-trained army. On paper they should have smashed General Jackson forces, but they didn't! Instead, they suffered a humiliating defeat and an unnecessary one. The Treaty of Ghent had already been signed on December 24, 1814, officially ending the war of 1812. The information had not reached American shores in time to prevent the battle.
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A Woodland Native Prisoner Tie by Darrell Brandenburg with Quillwork by Tom Gifford (May 22nd, 2013)
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 over 30 years of historical reenactment. During that time Darrell made the majority of the accoutrements he needed for portraying various persona, developing the skills and artistic vision he has today.  More...

Jerry Eitnier Powder Horn (May 27th, 2013)
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.   More...

Bob Browner's copy of the Andrew Jackson Pistol (June 4th, 2013)
An important firearm made by a renowned gunmaker for a renowned United States President now resides in that President's historic home.   More...

Plug Bayonet by Todd Daggett (July 4th, 2013)
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 year.   More...

Isaac Shelby Commemorative Knife by Glen Mock (July 6th, 2013)
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 Dunmore's War, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. While governor of Kentucky, at age 63 he personally led the Kentucky militia in the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813, an action that was rewarded with a Congressional Gold Medal. His 64 year old friend, William Whitley volunteered as a private and would fall on the same part of the Thames battlefield as Tecumseh. Fifty-eight year old Simon Kenton also accompanied the expedition as a scout and interpreter.   More...

A Fine Lexington Style Rifle by Marvin Kemper (July 9th, 2013)
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.  More...

Trade Silver Shell Gorget by Wayne & Marilyn Holcombe (July 11th, 2013)
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.   More...

A Choctaw Style Bow, Quiver, and Arrows Set by Matt & Paul Fennewald (July 11th, 2013)
When CLA member Matt Fennewald heard the theme of the CLF auction was the War of 1812 he was enthusiastic about changing his original donation proposal of a horn and bag to a Choctaw bow. Matt was aware of a bow attributed to Chief Pushmataha and supposedly was carried by him during the War of 1812. Pushmataha was a believer in traditional Choctaw cultural and the spiritual power of traditional ways and weapons. It is likely that the stories he carried a bow into battle in the Creek wars are true. There is a probability that he was in the small contingent of Choctaw warriors at the Battle of New Orleans but that cannot be verified.  More...

Nathan Boone Pouch & Horn Set by Tim Sanner & Jim Webb (July 12th, 2013)
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 home to guard and protect the family. His son Nathan on the other hand, was ordered by William Clark to raise a company of Rangers, and he was soon leading them deep into the Illinois country above Peoria in his efforts to protect the frontier. Nathan continued his service in the back country until 1815 when the general alarm died down.   More...

Jerry Eitnier Knife & Sheath (July 15th, 2013)
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.   More...

Trade Silver Wrist Band by Wayne & Marilyn Holcombe (July 12th, 2013)
Brooklyn, Michigan residents Wayne and Marilyn Holcombe are silversmiths by trade and operate XX TRADE SILVER.  More...

A Hunter's Shot Pouch Set from a Frontier on the Eve of War by Cal Tanner and Jim Hays (July 12th, 2013)
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 the Ohio frontier at the end of the 18th century. Jim Hays and his wife Peggy are multi-talented artists with unique ability to capture the feel of well-made, authentic looking and aged accoutrements - including forge work, knives, pouches, horns and textiles. Cal and Jim are neighbors working in the beautiful and historic Paint Creek Valley region of southern Ohio.  More...

"An Andy Jackson Alligator Horsemen's Knife" by Joe Seabolt (July 12th, 2013)
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.   More...

The 2013 CLA Fundraising Auction - Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 1 PM (August 9th, 2013)
On Saturday the 17th at 1 pm, there will be a fundraising auction featuring some of the very best contemporary work made especially by some of today’s finest CLA craftsmen and artists. Auction Chairman Guy Montfort says that this year’s art maintains the same high quality as years past and that the 2013 auction will offer up some of the finest works available.  More...


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