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 a classic frontier hunting knife from 1095 carbon steel, and fitted the blade to a hard maple handle. “The style,” Stone explains, “is somewhat similar to a rifleman’s knife, in a more usable size.” For the head of the hammer polled belt axe, Stone selected 5160 steel, and again used hard maple for the handle. He finished both handles with successive coats of stain, followed by application of a brown leather dye and hand rubbed oil.
This set comes complete with all the necessary accessories. Marty Overstreet crafted an attractive fringed leather possibles bag. Joel Coash hand carved a deeply-textured walking stick, fit for a trekker of any century, out of Missouri sassafras. Paul Fennewald contributed a hunting horn he made from a goat horn, with a turned cow horn mouthpiece, a turkey wing bone call, and handy sewing, fire making, and fishing kits. Fennewald also included a handmade journal with a port-a-crayon to keep track of one’s journey, as well as an original “Ozark mouth harp” to entertain one’s self sitting around the campfire at night. To showcase the entire set, Fennewald crafted a custom display stand made from osage orange.
For more information on the work of the artists, contact them directly at:
Marty Overstreet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Coash: email@example.com
O.J. Stone: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Fennewald: email@example.com
Larry Pletcher, editor