Frontier Georgia bag and horn set by Ron Hess and Marc Hamel
CLA members are very often inspired by history in the creation of their art. A 2018 exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art, which focused on the state’s early gunsmiths, prompted Georgia artist Ron Hess to create this fine bag and horn set for this year’s CLF fundraising auction. The oldest firearm at the exhibition was an 1815 rifle attributed to frontier gunsmith Richard Allen; the Allen rifle is accompanied by an original bag and horn which was duplicated by Ron Hess and Marc Hamel.
Hess tackled the difficult process of creating the horn, skillfully reproducing the intricate southern-styled piece with integrally carved bands and a beehive base plug crafted from dogwood. He completed this collection with a nice set of antler rifle tools and powder measure. Hamel reproduced the bag, which has two interior compartments. Strap adjustment, faithful to the original, is by means of a horn button. Hamel finished the bag with a russet dye and an oil and wax sealer.
Ron Hess: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Larry Pletcher, editor