The John Fraser Project by Gary Tucker, Eddie Rector, Ron Vail, Ken Scott, Heather McClure, and J. Casey McClure (June, 2017)
For the upcoming Contemporary Longrifle Foundation Fund Raising Auc-tion to be held at the Annual Meeting in August, CLA members Gary Tuck-er, Eddie Rector, Ron Vail, Ken Scott , Heather and J Casey McClure have recreated a collection of artifacts based on early frontiersman and trader John Fraser’s life during the time of the French and Indian War.  More...

The Thomas Lincoln “Only Blows Decided” Horn by by Tim Crosby & TC Albert (June, 2017)
As war between Britain and the American colonies loomed, in a letter to his Prime Minister Lord North, King George wrote:

“The New England governments are in a state of rebe-llion, blows must decide whether they are to be subject to this country or independent... The war is inevitable — and let it come!”

More prophetic words were never spoken, for blows would indeed decide. They would go on to decide again soon after in the War of 1812, and then again in every other war or conflict our young nation would find itself entan-gled in thereafter. Caught up in these events, many now famous American families would follow similar paths of western migration, patterns of frontier life, and answer the nation’s calls for patriotic service, including the ancestors of Thomas Lincoln.  More...

Quilled Hatband by Djuana Tucker (June, 2017)
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.  More...

Bowie by Keith Casteel (June, 2017)
Few blades capture the indomitable spirit of the frontier quite like the Bowie knife. It's a fearsome edged weapon that's quintessentially American: rugged, hardy, and better off left alone. In fitting homage to the legendary Bowie – as well as the independent spirit it represents – attendees of this year's CLA fundraising auction will have the opportunity to own a stunning example of a contemporary Bowie crafted by one of America's top artists.  More...

18th Century Folding Knife by Scott Summerville (June, 2017)
Scott Summerville makes great knives and razors. He is a staunch supporter of the CLF Auc-tion and has again given us a great folding knife. This is a classic bone handled knife with a 3-1/2 inch blade. Scott hand builds these knives, hand shapes them and heat treats them to per-fection. This knife is a common pattern found around various British posts and encampments from the 1750s through the 1800s. Scott models his on one in his collection that was found in the Michilimackinac area of Northern Michigan.  More...

Wampum Belt by Matthew Bowles (June, 2017)
In September of 1736, nineteen chiefs from the Six Nations – the Iroquois Confederacy – arrived at Philadelphia to strengthen the "covenant chain", or traditional alliance, with British officials in Pennsylvania. When Kanickhungo, the chieftan who spoke on behalf of the Seneca tribe, rose to speak, he expressed "Satisfaction in the friendly and good Disposition of you our Brethren, towards all the Indians of the Six Nations." As a record of his words and a testament of his own forthrightness, the sachem then presented Pennsylvania officials with a wampum belt "of white Wampum of eleven Rows, with four black St. George's Crosses on it." In the delicate game of frontier diplomacy, the belt was a powerful symbol of good faith.
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Longhunter's Knife and Sheath by Heinz Ahlers (June, 2017)
I have always liked the longknife style. The design choices for a longknife vary from a heavy bladed, thick handled, fighting knife with a cross guard to a thin bladed utilitarian butcher knife style. I believe a longhunter preferred to carry tools that could meet multiple challenges. This longknife seeks to combine everyday utility with a potential for combat.  More...

Belt Knife by Mike Davis (June, 2017)
Mike Davis has produced a fine Woodbury style belt knife for this years action. Mike is a repeat donor, having donated an iron mounted rifle last year that sold very well.  More...

Wood Sculptor by Bruce Meurer (June, 2017)
For any craftsperson, the successful marriage of three-dimensional and two-dimensional disciplines is one of the most difficult hurdles of the creative arts. Buyers at this year's CLA fundraising auction will have the chance to own a unique sculpture by master carver Bruce Meurer that skillfully accomplishes the feat.  More...

War Club by Gordon Barlow (July, 2017)
Among the tribes of the eastern woodlands, few symbols could be as potent as the ball headed war club. Missionary John Heckewelder, who spent a lifetime on the frontiers of Pennsylvania and Ohio, explained that “When the Indians have determined to take revenge” they would leave a carved war club at the site of an ambush. It was a stark tribal message that many Europeans failed to grasp, but which native warriors intuitively understood. “This war club is purposefully left that the enemy may know to what nation the act is to be ascribed,” observed Heckewelder, “or, in other words, war will be forthwith declared against them.”  More...

Boone Rifle by Ed Fish (July, 2017)
Ed Fish is donating a copy of a very important rifle currently owned by Brian LaMaster. The rifle bears an inscription on the patchbox, N D Boone, Kaintuck done in a primitive style. Based on this inscription and extensive research Brian believes the original rifle may have been owned by Nathan Boone and that it was built by Daniel Boone and William Arbuckle around 1790. The rifle could have been used by Nathan in the early 1790s.  More...

Pennsylvania-Style Hunting Bag by Steve Lasley. (July, 2017)
The Pennsylvania-style hunting bag can be more complex than the styles encountered on the frontier in the Southern Highlands. Eastern Pennsylvania was more settled and specialized craftsman such as cordwainers, bookmakers and tanners were available. An active commerce in trade and cash existed east of Fort Cumberland in the mid 18th century. Although homemade bags were in common use, bags with linings and a bit more style are often encountered, This Pennsylvania Dutch influenced bag created by Steve Lasely is an example of these.  More...

Waistcoat by Karen Hainlen (July, 2017)
For General George Washington, the mundane duties of supply and logistics would come to be as important as strategy and tactics. Washington, who cut his teeth on the western frontier during the French and Indian War, was keenly aware that appropriate clothing was crucial to the fighting trim of his men. When the cash-strapped Continental Congress decided in 1775 to supply the army with linen hunting shirts, Washington was concerned that the men would be ill-prepared for cold weather. In a letter to Massachusetts authorities, the general strongly suggested an article of clothing that could be worn under the frock and would be “cheaper and more convenient” than a full uniform. Each soldier, he thought, needed to have “a warm Waistcoat.”  More...

Shooting Bag and Powder Horn by Tom Greco and Sandy Greco (July, 2017)
The successful colonial farmer, wealthy merchant or Virginia aristocrat, wanted his equipment to send a message about his social status. A fine rifle or fowling piece would be accompanied by fine shooting bag and horn. By the beginning of the French and Indian war rococo decoration and dark leather were very much in style.  More...

Youth Rifle by Terry Methe (July, 2017)
Young people on the frontier went about armed from an early age. In “Thoughts on Kentucky Rifle in the Golden Age” Joe Kindig Jr. shows a 30 inch barreled youth’s rifle he attributes to Wolfgang Haga. This is an early gun with a brass box and raised carving. Kindig also notes that he owned another boys rifle by Fredrick Zorger dated 1805 that was engraved and had a patchbox. Nathan Boone related killing a deer with a rifle in 1793 when he was 12 years old. He also stated he had a smaller “bird rifle" before that. (We have what is very likely a copy of Nathan’s deer rifle in the auction donated by Ed Fish.) So in addition to cut down, old muskets we know that some lucky young people received some classy purpose built firearms.  More...

"I See It Too" by Andrew Knez Jr. (July, 2017)
This great Andrew Knez Jr. painting was scheduled to be auctioned last year. That did not happen. Your auction Chairman was a bit remiss in the logistics also Andrew unfortunately was involved in a serious automobile accident on his way too the auction. We deferred the auction of the painting off to this year. We are happy to say Andrew has recovered nicely and should be at the auction this year. We have straightened out the logistics and the painting should also be there. Joshua Shepherd’s fine write-up from last year follows.  More...

Haversack by Bill Smith (July, 2017)
Few items in a modern longhunter’s kit are as important as a comfortable possibles bag. Buyers on today’s market can find few bags as well made, aesthetically pleasing, or long lasting than those crafted by Kentucky artist Bill Smith.  More...

Rifle, Pouch, and Knife by Josh Wrightsman and Gary Tingler (July, 2017)
The pre-revolutionary frontier, west of the great wagon road was an exciting place, from the Allegheny River country down through western Virginia and the Carolinas. The Frontiersman were learning their trade and the skills that would take them across the continent. One of their primary tools was the American longrifle and one of the cradles of longrifle development was Lancaster, Pennsylvania.   More...

Pouch, Powder Horn, and Accoutrements by Jack Weeks, Rick Lorenzen, Shayna Matthews, and Kenny Nichols (July, 2017)
CLA artists consistently demonstrate the ability to marry museum-quality aesthetics with rugged practicality. Artist Jack Weeks and a cadre of talented craftsmen have collaborated to produce a truly outstanding bag and horn set for this year’s CLF fundraising auction.  More...

Brooch and Box by Glen Mock (July, 2017)
The Eighteenth Century was a time of few possessions. Items of personal ornament often doubled with a useful purpose. The treasured family pieces were kept in containers appropriate to their value. Glen Mock has created such a piece for the 2017 Auction. Carefully crafted from natural material this shawl brooch is stunning and elegant. Glen has always been known for his scrimshaw work in horn, bone, antler and other natural materials. This brooch has some of his best work, a delicate vining pattern with flowers and butterflies and a heart suggesting a gift to a loved one. The brooch pin is elegantly simple.   More...

Pistol Case by Jerry Moniot (July, 2017)
Sometimes when you have something really nice, you want to have it in a case that you can open when you want to display it, and close when you want to be a bit more discreet, Also you might prefer not to shove your antique Nicholas-Noel Boutet French officer’s pistol into a cigar box.   More...

Hunting Pouch, Powder Horn, and Accoutrements by Dwight Umbel, Kris Polizzi, and Jerry Eitnier (July, 2017)
There are few items in a hunter’s kit as crucial as a trusty possibles bag. For this year’s CLF fundraising auction, a trio of artisans - Dwight Umbel, Kris Polizzi, and Jerry Eitnier – teamed up to create a visually stunning bag and horn set that’s sure to become a family heirloom.  More...

18th Century Puppet by Dale Powers (July, 2017)
Despite the passage of centuries, mankind, at his core, remains the same. Life in the 18th century could entail some pretty serious work, but everyone eventually needs get away from it all. Long before he penned the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was a hard-working Williamsburg attorney who managed a veritable mountain of court cases. But on April 14, 1769, Jefferson recorded his expenses for a little harmless diversion: he paid 7 shillings and 6 pence “for seeing a puppet show.”  More...

Knife with Quilled Sheath by Rob Parks and Linda Pritchard (July, 2017)
It’s arguably the most important tool for any outdoorsman: a good blade. But for the modern-day frontiersman who favors period black powder shooting, not just any knife will do. This year’s CLF fundraising auction is fortunately graced with an outstanding knife and sheath set by artisans Robert Park and Linda Pritchard.   More...

Powder Horn by Glen Sutt (July, 2017)
The powder horn has always been a very personal piece of equipment. Map horns that showed country the bearer already knew like the back of his hand, scrimshawed horns with the owners name, plain buffalo horns that showed that you had killed one, and spotted horns all told a story. The understated but elegant horns in keeping with the plain living, God fearing folks of the Southern frontier and the flamboyant independence celebrating horns of the Tansel family, all make statements about their makers and owners.
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Belt Knife by Charlie Wallingford (July, 2017)
In 1748 George Washington was on his first adventure over the Blue Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley. Lord Fairfax had taken a liking to the 16 year old and thought to introduce him to the wilds and the art of surveying. In George’s Journal of My Journey Over the Mountains began Fryday the 11th of March 1747/8 Washington comments on their dinner with Solomon Hedges, Justice of the Peace “When we came to supper there was neither a Cloth upon the table nor a Knife to eat with but as good luck would have it we had our own.” Later in an entry he notes “Everyone was his own cook. Our Spits was Forked Sticks our plates was a Large Chip as for dishes we had none.” A good knife was a necessity to travel over the Blue ridge and beyond.   More...

Ojibwe Smoking Pipe by Don Shaver (July, 2017)
The Chippewa or Ojibwe were a large indigenous nation with an agricultural history and a great engagement in trade. They traded copper, pipestone, and furs. By the late 18th century this highly civilized tribe had absorbed cultural elements and material goods from the Cree to the north, the Iroqouis to the east, and both French and English trade items.   More...

Appalachian Style Linen and Leather Hunting Bag by Andrew Verdon (July, 2017)
The linen hunting bag could be in the Appalachian Mountains, especially the Southern Mountains. This breathable fabric style bag was the precursor to the canvas web gear that served our military in two World Wars. The light weight fabric bag works very well as long as you avoid a lot of loose pointy things in the contents.  More...

Elk Hide Hunting Bag by Gary Tingler (August 2017)
The longrifle is an essential part of the longhunter’s kit. But,the longrifle without the hunting bag is a difficult thing to manage. You could put the balls in a your pocket, if you had a pocket, or in your mouth, but probably not enough for a “long hunt” So the hunting bag became a natural accessory to the longhunter’s gun. It was also a presonal piece of equipment, with a number of styles and materials available, sometimes made by a professional bag maker, sometimes by a neighborhood leather worker, and sometimes by the longhunter himself to fit the needs and style of the individual hunter.   More...

Longrifle by James Frost (August 2017)
The early history of the rifle in America is always fascinating and problematic. We know that rifles were in use on the frontier prior to the French and Indian War. John Fraser mentioned the loss of seven “rifled guns’ at the Battle of Fort Necessity. Even earlier, in 1743, the trader John Armstrong stole a “rifled gun” and a horse from a Delaware Indian. Armstrong’s murder when the Delaware caught up with him is recorded in the Pennsylvania Archives.  More...

Powder Horn by Steve Lodding and H. David Wright (August 2017)
Steve Lodding and H. David Wright have teamed up to create a spectacular engraved powder horn inspired by an original in a private collection. The antique French and Indian War period New York map horn, attributed to the "Pointed Tree" carver contains a base plug that was uniquely painted with a scene of a gentleman hunting birds over his dog.   More...




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