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 is 4-5 ounce cowhide, and the saddle stitching is waxed linen. The welt, edge binding and internal pocket are soft cowhide. The bag is 11” wide at the widest, 8” wide at the top, and 8” tall.
Crosby’s 10-inch-long lobed horn is about 12 ½” around the outside curve. The horn is ornately decorated with a paneled and scalloped tip, and is fitted with a pine base plug. Crosby imparted a warm patina to this piece, using his own custom blend of dark dyes followed by dark brown oil-based leather dye while the horn was still hot from the color bath.
The entire set comes complete with a flint accessory kit by Crosby. The horse-tail brush and the pick handle are from lathe-turned cow horn tips. The pick itself is copper to minimize touch-hole damage. The powder measure is also horn, and has eight panels. The accoutrement hangers were made from iron clock chain, and attach to the strap via a copper “octopus”hanger attachment.
For more information on the work of the artists, contact them directly at:
Tim Crosby: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Hamel: email@example.com
Larry Pletcher, editor