Author Archives: Larry Pletcher

2014 CLA Live Auction: Folding Knife by Scott Summerville

The folding knife is an authentic accoutrement for the period of the War of 1812.  Citizens of the new United States did not always want to carry a hunting bag and longknife while strolling the rapidly expanding cities and crowded militia camps.  Knifes like this 4” bladed folder were handy in the hunting bag or in the pocket for eating, cutting patches or tobacco, and everyday chores or social events. Scott Summerville ... Read More »

2014 CLA Live Auction: Maryellen Pratt Hunting Pouch with Joe Seabolt Powder Horn and Knife

Maryellen Pratt lives in Adams County, Ohio with her husband Ian Pratt. Maryellen is a maker of premium hunting bags, knife sheaths, haversacks and sundry other items. She is meticulous in using materials and techniques. And her careful antiquing processes are universally appreciated. Maryellen regularly conducts classes on the skills and methods of making pouches and advanced leather working at the Log Cabin Shop in Lodi, Ohio and other venues. Her products ... Read More »

“Mr. Flintlock” Discusses “Impossible Shoots”

You may know George Sutton for a variety of reasons.  George, aka Mr Flintlock, has been doing the “Impossible Shoots” on Shooting USA on outdoor cable networks for a number of years.  You may know George from his visits to Friendship.  You may also know George as the man who has brought back Lehigh Valley lube under the name “Mr Flintlocks Patch Lube and Bore Cleaner”. George and I sat down and chatted ... Read More »

2014 CLA Live Auction: Knife & Sheath by Jerry Eitnier

Indiana gunmaker, Jerry Eitnier is a returning donor to the CLA fundraising auction. Jerry is no stranger to the muzzle loading sport and art. He has been involved for more than 40 years. He joined the National Muzzle Loading Association in 1973, and in 1987 he built his first longrifle. He became a charter member of the Contemporary Longrifle Association in 1991.Jerry is strongly influenced by Hershel House’s work.  He builds guns ... Read More »

2014 CLA Live Auction: Contributors

This will be the third year of commemorating the War of 1812 for the 2014 CLA Fund Raising Auction.  Fifteen CLA artists have created their art and donate it to be auctioned at the Annual Meeting and Show on August 15, in Lexington, Kentucky. We will be showcasing the 2014 fund raising auction items here.  Individual works will be added to this site as they are received. The following CLA artists have ... Read More »

Allen Martin on Gun-Making

It’s Saturday morning , and Allen Martin and I will try a new method for interviews.  Formerly, I used a digital audio recorder, but this year we will use video. On the picnic table where we’re sitting is a wonderfully thin flintlock. That’s where the interview will start. Allen, thank you for a most impressive rifle.  Thanks also for being a part of this first try at a video interview. Larry Pletcher, ... Read More »

Projects to Come

Siler lock igniting Swiss Null B

This is an informal list of future project ideas.  Nothing cast in stone here; just a place to keep notes on ideas. 1. Vent shape experiments — this will include an exterior tool made by Tom Snyder,  a friend who also makes an interior vent coning tool, as well as other tools for the gun maker. 2. A before and after test of Jim Chambers‘ late Ketland lock. We’ll time various combinations ... Read More »

Gary Brumfield – Photos from the Archive

Gary Brumfield has been a friend, mentor, encourager, and teacher to me as well as many others.  He was the push behind the lock-timing experiments, helping me to develop methodology we used to time locks. Much of his help came while we were at the Seminar at Bowling Green back in the ’80s. On the first day of the early Seminars, we would meet behind Terry Leeper’s house and have a little ... Read More »

Allen Martin builds a Schimmel

Friendship will be very special this spring.  Allen Martin will be bringing my new Schimmel to the spring shoot.  Allen and I have talked about this project numerous times at CLA.  I remember handling an incredible Martin gun and heard Allen say, It’s all in the architecture.” I was worried about my own shoulder issues and voiced this concern to Allen.  “Don’t worry,” he said.  “I’ll make you a long, slim, light ... Read More »

Blackpowdermag Gets a Facelift

Black Powder Mag relaunched

It’s been a long time coming, but Blackpowdermag has a new look! For some time we have considered revamping Blackpowdermag, and when a group of files were corrupted, we changed  to a WordPress authoring system.  The result is a new, fresh-looking format that reads well on smart phones and tablets, as well as computers. We are especially pleased with this improvement that was made possible by WordPress. We also will connect with ... Read More »

The House Brothers Project – AN AMERICAN TRADITION

House Brothers relaxing on the porch

The Contemporary LongRifle Association is proud to sponsor this project by the House brothers. BlackPowderMag is equally proud to help to promote this activity.     Through the collective efforts of three renowned Kentucky gun makers, Hershel, Frank, and John House, a special handmade longrifle has been created for the CLF as a fundraiser. The proceeds from the “An American Tradition” House Brothers Handmade Flintlock Longrifle Project will enable the Foundation to ... Read More »

The 2013 Contemporary Longrifle Association’s Live Auction

For more information about the auction or CLA membership please visit: Contemporary Longrifle Association     Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Trade Silver Wrist Band by Wayne & Marilyn Holcombe

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 “A Knife Fit for an Alligator-Horse” by Joe Seabolt

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today         By T.C. Albert During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 A Hunter’s Shot Pouch Set from a Frontier on the Eve of War by Cal Tanner and Jim Hays

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Jerry Eitnier Knife & Sheath

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today      By Heinz Ahlers During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Nathan Boone Pouch & Horn Set by Tim Sanner & Jim Webb

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Trade Silver Shell Gorget by Wayne & Marilyn Holcombe

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 A Choctaw Style Bow, Quiver, and Arrows Set by Matt & Paul Fennewald

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 A Fine Lexington Style Rifle by Marvin Kemper

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today    Written Guy Montfort During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Isaac Shelby Commemorative Knife by Glen Mock

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Plug Bayonet by Todd Daggett

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today     Written by Heinz Ahlers During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone ... Read More »

CLA Auction 1013 A Woodland Native Prisoner Tie by Darrell Brandenburg with Quillwork by Tom Gifford

During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real treat. Not only will you be getting an advance preview of the 2013 fund ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 The John Jacob Sheetz Rifle Project by Darrin McDonal & Jim Parker

During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real treat. Not only will you be getting an advance preview of the 2013 fund ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 WIKI UP ~ An original pastel painting by Pamela Patrick White

During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real treat. Not only will you be getting an advance preview of the 2013 fund ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Tansel Style Powder Horn by Jeff Bottiger

During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real treat. Not only will you be getting an advance preview of the 2013 fund ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 Brian Anderson’s Squire Boone Pipe Ax

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 – Chippewa Birchbark Canoe Model by Ray Boessel

For more information about the auction or CLA:   Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a ... Read More »

CLA Auction 2013 A Circa 1810~1825 Pouch and Horn Set by Donald Shaver

For more information about the auction or CLA: Contemporary Longrifle Association Join the CLA Today During our second year of commemorating of the War of 1812, the 2013 CLA Fund Raising Auction promises to be another significant event. Twenty-five generous CLA artists have stepped forward to create their art and donate it to be auctioned at our Annual Meeting and Show on August 17, in Lexington, Kentucky. Everyone is in for a real ... Read More »