Author Archives: Larry Pletcher

CLA Auction Item: FISHING THEMED POWDER HORN & BAIT HORN SET by Albert Emanuel

CLA Auction Item: FISHING THEMED POWDER HORN & BAIT HORN SET by Albert Emanuel Powder Horn length: 9 ¼”           Bait horn length:: 4 ½” By Joshua Sheppard     Photography by H. David Wright Hunting and fishing are twin pursuits that have shaped outdoor life throughout American history. For this year’s CLF fundraising auction, Arizona artist Albert “Ace” Emanuel has crafted a stunning pair of horns that will be useful on the hunt or by ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: EARLY 19TH CENTURY HUNTING POUCH SET By Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick, Casey McClure

CLA Auction Item: EARLY 19TH CENTURY HUNTING POUCH SET By Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick, Casey McClure Dimensions: 8 ½” wide x 9” high By Heinz Ahlers      Photography by H. David Wright Lawrence Fiorillo, Todd Hambrick and Casey McClure have donated this great looking Hunting set with a homespun air to this year’s auction. Created around a bark tanned, ample sized hunting pouch this rig is loaded with fine touches. The finely ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: KINGS MOUNTAIN BAG AND HORN By Jack Weeks and Rick Lorenzen

CLA Auction Item: KINGS MOUNTAIN BAG AND HORN By Jack Weeks and Rick Lorenzen Hunting Bag – 8 inch X 9 inch, Horn 16 inches on outside curve by Heinz Ahlers       Photography by H. David Wright Jack Weeks and Rick Lorenzen have assembled a rig typical of those used by American Patriots that hailed from the back country settlements in Virginia, North Carolina and what is now Kentucky and Tennessee. These “Overmountain ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: WOODBURY SCHOOL BELT KNIFE & SHEATH by Verlin Cossel

CLA Auction Item: WOODBURY SCHOOL BELT KNIFE & SHEATH by Verlin Cossel Length: 10 ½” By Heinz Ahlers     Photography by H. David Wright Verlin Cossel forged this dandy belt knife in the Woodbury tradition. It feature a 6 2/8 inch blade carefully forged out of 1095 carbon steel. The blade has dual touch marks and a nice aged finish. A poured pewter bolster and a coin silver butt cap secure the antler ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: SOUTHERN BANDED HORN by Billy Griner

CLA Auction Item: SOUTHERN BANDED HORN by Billy Griner Length, outside curve: 11 ½” By Joshua Shepherd       Photography by H. David Wright   A reliable powder horn is a necessity for the blackpowder shooter, and this year’s CLF fundraising auction features a truly exceptional example of the horner’s craft by artist Billy Griner. Griner’s donation is a quintessential example of the southern banded horn. “This particular horn,” explains the artist, “is a ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: HUNTING BAG AND KNIFE by Gary Tingler and Casey McClure

CLA Auction Item: HUNTING BAG AND KNIFE by Gary Tingler and Casey McClure Bag: 8 1/2″ wide by 9 1/2″ deep. Patch knife 9″ long. By Heinz Ahlers    —   Photography by H. David Wright Gary Tingler and Casey McClure have created a this simple but extraordinarily well made hunting bag and knife set.  The bag is made of a dark nicely grained buffalo leather with a matching strap.  The edges are ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: HORN SPOON & STAND By Henry Bowman

CLA Auction Item: HORN SPOON & STAND By Henry Bowman Length: 8 ½” By Heinz Ahlers  —  Photography by H. David Wright The horn spoon donated to this year’s CLF fundraising auction by artist Henry Bowman is a unique work of art that’s sure to grace any collection of early American collectibles. “The inspiration for this piece,” explains the artist, “came while I was looking at photos of 19th-century effigy spoons made ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item:   LONG KNIFE By Adam Daub

CLA Auction Item:   LONG KNIFE By Adam Daub Length: 15 ½”   Blade: 10 ½” By Heinz Ahlers   Photography by H. David Wright Any knife maker will tell you, the longer the blade, the more care you have to take at every step in the process. Forging, hardening, tempering need all to be right on to avoid cracks, warps, and brittle spots. When you do everything right you get one like Adam Daub ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: RIFLEMAN’S KNIFE by Todd Butler

CLA Auction Item: RIFLEMAN’S KNIFE by Todd Butler  — By Joshua Shepherd           Photography by David Wright Collectors of fine knives just can’t seem to acquire too many blades, but it’s a rare thing indeed for a knife to perfectly blend artistic aesthetics with rugged functionality. At this year’s CLF fundraising auction, bidders will have the opportunity to purchase a collector’s grade knife that’s worthy of display in the ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: HUNTING POUCH SET   By Calvin Tanner, Ron Hess and Louise Hess

CLA Auction Item: HUNTING POUCH SET   By Calvin Tanner, Ron Hess and Louise Hess Pouch: 7” X 8 1/2”     Powder horn: Length 12“ Butt dia. 2 ½“ By Heinz Ahlers    Photography by H. David Wright The design of the pouch was inspired by an existing 18th century pouch. Calvin feels the set is one that represents a common pouch of that era. One that would have been carried by a long hunter ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: TAVERN SMOKER’S COMPANION  By Greg Bray

CLA Auction Item: TAVERN SMOKER’S COMPANION  By Greg Bray Size: 14” x 5” By Joshua Shepherd   Photography by H. David Wright Despite the fact that the habit of smoking tobacco has largely fallen out of favor in modern America, the practice was ubiquitous in colonial America. From the drawing rooms of Philadelphia to the farthest reaches of the frontier, “making smoke” crossed the societal bounds of class and culture. For this year’s ... Read More »

CLA Auction Item: NORTHWEST TRADE GUN  by Doug Warren

CLA Auction Item: NORTHWEST TRADE GUN  by Doug Warren By Joshua Shepherd   Photography by H. David Wright Classic firearms from America’s past are naturally at the heart of the modern Longrifle Culture. Collectors at this year’s CLF fundraising auction will have the opportunity to acquire a truly iconic weapon that saw broad use across the early American frontier: the Northwest Trade Gun. Artist Doug Warren has donated a truly unique version of the ... Read More »

CLA Auction:   LONGHUNTERS KNIFE  by Chad Matthews

CLA Auction:   LONGHUNTERS KNIFE      by Chad Matthews Length: 13 1/2”   Blade: 8 3/4” By Heinz Ahlers     Photography by H. David Wright The CLF is proud to present this classically styled long hunters knife by Chad Matthews.  The carbon steel blade is combined with a classic s shaped cross guard and bolster. Both are also of carbon steel. The blade length is 8 3/4”  and overall is 13 1/2”. This is ... Read More »

CLA Auction: FRONTIER HUNTING POUCH WITH POWDER HORN By Cory Joe Stewart 

CLA Auction: FRONTIER HUNTING POUCH WITH POWDER HORN   By Cory Joe Stewart    Pouch 9” X 5 ½”   Horn 17” around the curve. By Heinz Ahlers   Photography by Gordon Barlow Cory Joe Stewart has a flair for the segment of the longrifle culture that lived in the upcountry, above the fall line of the rivers and often over the Blue Ridge. These “over mountain” folk or “woodsies” were largely self ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2020: COLONIAL FOWLER by James Frost and POWDER HORN by Mike Small

CLA Auction 2020: COLONIAL FOWLER by James Frost and POWDER HORN by Mike Small by Joshua Shepherd — photos by David Wright When it comes to sheer versatility in the field, few period firearms can compare to the smoothbore fowler. Capable of taking a wide spectrum of wild game, fowlers saw extensive use in early America as humble meat guns. But in a very real sense, the weapon helped shape the United States. ... Read More »

CLA Auction – 18TH CENTURY FOLDING KNIFE by Scott Summerville

CLA Auction October 2020 18TH CENTURY FOLDING KNIFE by Scott Summerville By Scott Summerville Length: Open 9” Closed 5” By Joshua Shepherd     –    Photography by H. David Wright Whether you’re headed to the backcountry for an 18th century trek or bound for a desk job in the big city, a reliable pocket knife is a gentleman’s necessity. Perennial auction supporter Scott Summerville has once again generously donated a top-quality reproduction folding ... Read More »

CLA 2020 Auction Item:  THE SCOUT SET

CLA 2020 Auction Item:  THE SCOUT SET By Joshua Shepherd   @   Photography by H. David Wright At its core, the Contemporary Longrifle Association is a community of collaborative artists who share an enthusiasm for early American heritage. For this year’s fundraising auction, Shelly Gier organized an effort by a score of CLA artists to produce “The Scout Set”, a truly remarkable collection of practical tools for the modern frontiersman. The Scout Set is ... Read More »

CLA Auction: HEART OF THE HEARTH ORIGINAL PAINTING   by Maria Freed

CLA AUCTION ITEM – OCT 30 HEART OF THE HEARTH ORIGINAL PAINTING   by Maria Freed by Joshua Shepherd Photography by H. David Wright Examples of traditional fine art appear at the annual CLF fundraising auction only occasionally. For this year’s event, artist Maria Freed has contributed a lovely original painting for the benefit of the Contemporary Longrifle Association.   Freed’s original painting, Heart of the Hearth, pays homage to the traditional center ... Read More »

CLA Auction: PIPE TOMAHAWK  By Simeon England, Mike Miller, and Kyle Willyard

PIPE TOMAHAWK  By Simeon England, Mike Miller, and Kyle Willyard Length 21 1/2″ Head 5 1/2″ tall. The name tomahawk is a combination of tribal and English words. Algonquin and Lenape peoples called their lightweight axes “tamahak,” “tamahakan” European Americans pronounced these words as “tomahawk.” They liked the size and weight of the original tool, but made their own adaptation by replacing the stone heads with iron heads having steel blades. Tribes ... Read More »

CLA Auction: Woodbury Style Knife by Heinz Ahlers

Woodbury Style Knife by Heinz Ahlers Length: 11 ¾”.  Blade, 7 ¼” A razor-sharp blade fitted with an antler handle remains not only a practical tool for the modern outdoorsman, but an iconic symbol of America’s frontier past. Bidders at this year’s CLF fundraising auction will have the opportunity to own a truly classic example of the frontier belt knife by one of modern America’s best blade smiths. Former auction chairman and ... Read More »

CLA Auction October 2020

The 24rd Anniversary CLF Fund Raising Auction features more than 20 items from the efforts of many CLA artists. The auction will take place at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30th, 2020, at the annual CLA show at the Lexington Convention Center (400 W. Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky). The live auction is reserved for CLA members only, but there is a special prorated membership rate of $20 at the door. For ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction

Here is a list of items at the CLA auction taking place August 16th at 5:00 P.M. in the Grand Ball Room of the Lexington Convention Center, 400 Vine Street, Lexington, Ky. After examining an item use the back button to return to the list. Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction: Lobed horn and hunting bag by Tim Crosby and Marc Hamel

Lobed horn and hunting bag by Tim Crosby and Marc Hamel Tim Crosby and Marc Hamel teamed up to create a superb colonial era bag and horn set for this year’s CLF fundraising auction. The architecture of Hamel’s cowhide hunting bag is inspired by an eighteenth century engraving that depicts a rifleman wearing a similar bag. The bag is made from 2-3 ounce cowhide, tooled and dyed by Hamel. The main flap ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction: Classic patch knife by Verlin Cossel 

Classic patch knife by Verlin Cossel Every blackpowder shooter needs a dependable patch knife in his kit, and this year’s CLF fundraising auction will afford attendees the opportunity to own a truly fine example by knifemaker Verlin Cossel. Cossel’s patch knife is an evocative classic that conjures images of the early American frontier. Starting with reclaimed steel from an antique hay rake tine, Cossel handcrafted the blade at the coal forge in ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction: .54 Caliber Gentleman’s Pistol by Ken Stanley and Chuck Edwards

.54 Caliber Gentleman’s Pistol by Ken Stanley and Chuck Edwards Few weapons capture the artistic grandeur of the flintlock era quite like a refined gentleman’s pistol, and this year the CLF is pleased to present a truly stunning example by gunsmiths Ken Stanley and Chuck Edwards. Inspired by a pistol originally created by Pennsylvania’s legendary Kuntz family of gunsmiths, Stanley created this exquisite handgun around a .54 caliber, 10 3/4”, rifled barrel, ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction: Early American hanging shelf by Patrick Thevenow

Early American hanging shelf by Patrick Thevenow While most blackpowder enthusiasts are outdoorsmen by nature, even the most die-hard frontiersman enjoys the comforts of home. For this year’s CLF fundraising auction, artist Patrick Thevenow has donated a fine piece of reproduction home décor that’s sure to tastefully complement a wide range of design schemes. Thevenow’s hanging wall shelf is inspired by an original set of built-in cupboards constructed by an Indiana cabinetmaker ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction: Ozarks Trekker by Marty Overstreet, Joel Coash, O.J. Stone, and Paul Fennewald

Ozarks Trekker by Marty Overstreet, Joel Coash, O.J. Stone, and Paul Fennewald A truly unique offering in this year’s CLF fundraising auction, the Ozarks Trekker set is the collaborative creation of four Missouri artists and constitutes a superb decorative display for the home. This collection pays homage to Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, who explored the Ozarks over the winter of 1819 and later published an account of his journey. O.J. Stone hand forged ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction: by Jack Weeks, Rick Lorenzen and John Leach

1760’s Hunting Rig  by Jack Weeks, Rick Lorenzen and John Leach   Jack Weeks and Rick Lorenzen have partnered once again and the result is a bold bag and horn set. They are both artists and craftsmen who continuously research early American history and the evolution of hunting accoutrements. This is the fourth year the guys have been collaborating using 18th century materials and techniques. They want this handsome rig to be ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction: Hand-forged hearth cooking set by Greg Bray

Hand-forged hearth cooking set by Greg Bray     For many early American history enthusiasts, living with a tangible connection to the past can be a way of life. This year’s CLF fundraising auction will feature a delightful set of cooking utensils that will be equally at home around a campfire or in a 21st century kitchen. Blacksmith and CLA member Greg Bray has crafted a full set of hand-forged cooking implements ... Read More »

CLA 2019 Auction:  Possibles bag by Gary Tingler

Possibles bag by Gary Tingler            Faithful CLA supporter and skilled craftsman Gary Tingler has created another outstanding hunting bag for this year’s CLF fundraising auction. This piece is a gracefully proportioned possibles bag entirely hand-crafted from hard-wearing buffalo leather, with edges bound in deerskin. The bag, graced with a rich brown patina, has a handy inner pocket, and comes complete with a pewter-capped pick and brush set handmade by Tingler. The bag, ... Read More »