Contemporary Artists, Traditional Art - 2015 Fund Raising Auction

           Pouch, Horn, & Belt Pouch Set by Tom Greco (March 15th, 2015)
Tom Greco has donated a fine pouch and horn set with a matching belt pouch. The bag style is typical of Eastern Pennsylvania and is paired with a southern style horn suggesting an owner who moved down the Great Wagon Road as the frontier spread westward. Oil tanned buffalo hide is used in both the shoulder bag and belt pouch. Tom's craftsmanship and attention to detail are apparent in the pillow ticking lining, welted seams and double stitching. Somewhere in their travels, both the shoulder bag and horn strap picked up some coin silver embellishment matching that on the horn base.  More...

Folding Knife by Scott Summerville (April 8th, 2015)
The CLF is privileged to present a Scott Summerville folding knife. Last year Scott made a stunning folder for us which commanded a lot of atten-tion and a lucky bidder took that beautifully constructed knife home with him. Once again, Scott is one of our repeat donors and continues to sup-port the CLF.  More...

Rifle by Bill Pritchard (April 14th, 2015)
Bill Pritchard has been building rifles in Maysville since 1976, when he was motivated by the activities of the Bicentennial to try his hand at building flintlock longrifles. Bill was largely self taught, guided by Kindig, Thoughts on the Kentucky in Its Golden Age; Shumway, Rifles of Colonial America; and Recreating the Kentucky Rifle by Buchle. Bill estimates he has built about 75 rifles, 25 to 30 in the 5 years since he retired, and one or two a year before that. Bill builds near copies of historical rifles that interest him. When Bill sees a rifle he likes, he studies the rifle, the gunsmith who built it, and the gunsmithing school where it originated. When possible he handles and measures the original. Bill strives to keep a strong link to the history and the school and culture of the rifle or rifles that have inspired him.   More...

Powder Horn by Jerry Eitnier (April 19th, 2015)
Jerry Eitnier is staunch supporter of the Contemporary Longrifle Foundation Fund Raising Auction. Jerry Eitnier believes in supporting the auction because he feels that the CLF supports the artists. The CLF is proud to present another creation by Jerry this year.   More...

Mississippi-Style Knife by Gary Corum (May 18th, 2015)
Gary Corum has created a late 18th to early 19th century knife in the lower Mississippi River Valley style. The knife is 12 inches overall with a 7-inch blade. The blade is hand forged 1095 steel, a high performance knife steel with excellent edge holding properties. This entire knife is expertly hand made by Gary.  More...

Knife by Paul Bigham with Sheath by Steve Helfrich (May 22nd, 2015)
Paul Bigham has created this handsome knife.The dark finished blade, one piece curly maple handle and dark finished grip cap make a knife with a great deal of style.  More...

Hunting Pouch by William Smith (May 26th, 2015)
The hunting pouch and horn are symbols of the American frontier. By the early 19th century you could tell a lot about a man by his pouch and horn, pouches showed distinct regional variations, wide ranges in quality from home made to finest cordwainers work, and variations in size and shape based on use. Bill Smith has donated a pouch representative of the professional quality bag made for frontier use.  More...

Turned Handle Knife & Sheath by Benjamin Hoffman (June 5th, 2015)
The CLF is proud to be able to offer at auction this finely crafted traditional belt knife donated by Benjamin Hoffman. This is a re-creation of the kind of hand crafted knife made by an accomplished frontier smith who was proud of his work and touch marked it.  More...

Native American Ladle by Donald Shaver (June 7th, 2015)
Donald Shaver is donating a ladle inspired by an original 18th century piece. Don made this treenware ladle of Mulberry he harvested himself and dried for 2 years. He finished the ladle with bear grease bringing out the natural color of the mulberry.. The ladle has 4 sterling silver inlays. The two inlays on the back of the bowl have coin silver pins cut from a dime and the two heart shaped inlays bracketing the handle have brass pins.   More...

Push Dagger & Sheath by Joshua Crain (June 10th, 2015)
Joshua Crain has recreated one of those icons of the Mississippi River culture, the push dagger. This style was popular in New Orleans during the 1800s where it was known as a gimlet knife. One was involved in the Wilson - Anthony fight between elected officials in the Arkansas State Legislature in 1836. These knives have waxed and waned in popularity since the 17th century, this fine little rig of Joshua Crain's may bring them back.  More...

Woodbury Longhunter Knife & Sheath by Hershel House, John House, & Joe Seabolt (June 16th, 2015)
The knife is a special piece of equipment; knives can be cooking tools or butchering tools, wood carvers or weapons. For a longhunter, the knife was expected to be all the-se things. This put a lot of demands on the knife, it had to be tough enough to split out a deer pelvis, sharp enough to cut hair, handy enough to whittle, useful for cutting meat and chopping turnips, and a killing edge when the rifle was empty. A special knife appeared on the belts of the longhunters crafted by local blacksmiths to meet these needs. Todays re-enactors and primitive trekkers put much the same demands on a knife, except maybe for the scalping part.   More...

Desperate Times Bag & Horn Set by TC Albert & Tim Crosby (June 21st, 2015)
It's desperate measures for desperate times, or so the saying goes, and hard times can turn desperate in a flash. A cat-a-mount "painter", a rogue old black bear, or even a cunning red fox preying on the livestock could set a mountain family back in no time, and the predator would have to be dealt with before total ruination set in.  More...

Cutlery Set in Quilled Pouch by Glen Mock & Bill Wright (June 25th, 2015)
Glen Mock is noted for his outstanding knife making and has previously donated to the CLF Auction. We are specially indebted to our multiple year donors. This year Bill Wright teamed up with Glen and pushed him a bit outside of his comfort zone.  More...

Quilled Pouch by Djuana Tucker (June 30th, 2015)
The CLF Fundraising auction is proud to present this mid-18th century Eastern Woodland/Great Lakes style quilled bag by Djuana Tucker. Djuana has over 10 years experience in quillwork and credits Bruce Horne and Chuck Edwards with getting her started in this dimension of living history. Djuana can be seen at living history events throughout the midwest and refers to Fort de Chartres, in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, as her home base. Here is Djuana's piece in her own words.  More...

Fraktur Artwork by Sandy Greco (July 4th, 2015)
The CLF is proud to present for auction this 11 X 14 Fraktur style colored drawing. Fraktur is an art form introduced in America by the Pennsylvania Germans with some of the earliest work being done by the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County. The term Fraktur can describe a form of calligraphy, a font type, or generally the colorful floral and figurative drawings and paintings that started as illumination for birth and baptismal certificates and evolved to stand alone illustrations.   More...

Mesquite Handled Dagger by Steve Auvenshine (July 8th, 2015)
Steve Auvenshine has generously donated this fine boot knife to the 2015 CLF Fundraising Auction.  More...

Otter Pouch & Buffalo Horn Set by Matthew Fennewald & Alec Fourman (July 11th, 2015)
Matthew Fennewald and Alec Fourman have combined their efforts to produce this outstanding historically correct otter pouch and buffalo horn set for the 2015 CLF Fundraising Auction. You may remember Matt's hand crafted bow commemorating Choctaw Chief Pushmataha. It sold very well in the 2013 auction. Matt and Alec are both stickers for thorough research and authenticity.  More...

Early Virginia Rifle by Dan Fruth (July 14th, 2015)
Dan Fruth is donating a pre Revolutionary War styled rifle. Dan handled the original he based this rifle on and took the measurements used. This is a Valley of Virginia styled gun, perhaps from Augusta County. The barrel, by Ed Rayle, was copied from dimensions taken from the original. It is 43" long and 1 1/8" breech at the breech, with a 50 calibre rifled bore. The lock is a Chambers Colonial Virginia. The trigger guard and butt plate came from Reeves Goering, and were cast from original furniture believed to have come from the same shop as this original rifle. The butt plate was swaged to bring it to it's correct width, a whopping 2 3/16" wide! The walnut stock was harvested years ago from native Ohio black walnut, and the finish is a leaded linseed oil finish Dan makes himself. The trigger reach is 13".  More...

The Charles Parkingham Hooper Adams Hunting Bag by John Weeks (July 18th, 2015)
Through genealogy research, we found that my fifth great grandfather, Charles Adams 1745-1780, a farmer in northwest North Carolina, was a member of the North Carolina Rangers. He fought in Revolutionary War battles in the southern theater from 1776 until his death in 1780. He served with General Griffith Rutherford during the Cherokee Campaign and with Captain William Lenoir's Company in both the Surry and Wilkes County Militia.  More...

Early Longhunter Knife & Sheath by Heinz Ahlers & Joe Seabolt (July 20th, 2015)
The classic knife of the early American frontier, the single edged longhunters knife, was the working tool of the rifleman. Although these knives were often made from imported butcher knives, the longhunter frequently sought out the products of the skilled frontier smith for a knife that was a bit stouter and had a finer steel blade than the cheap butcher knives. The longknife and tomahawk were the everyday working tools of the frontier hunter and doubled as weapons in a close fight. Much was expected of these blades and some additional expense was warranted.   More...

Tansel Horn by Scott Morrison, Steve Skillman, Glenn Sutt, & Steve Vance (July 23rd, 2015)
The 2015 CLF Fundraising Auction is proud to present this beautiful Tansel styled horn.
This horn was created by Steve Vance, Glenn Sutt, Scott Morrison, and Steve Skillman, all from the Northwest Horn Makers group. The horn has many of the features of Tansel family horns from the Indiana period.  More...





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