Conner Prairie Workshop
One of ten forges at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie Workshop

Conner Prairie seems to get better each year. Classes range from evening classe to full 5 day classes. Five day classes include engraving, kit assembly, stock carving. Two and one half day classes include leather pouches, two horn classes, two knife making classes, quill work, and traditional barrel making. Additional classes are offered on weekends.

The list of instructors is impressive. Below I will try to give you an idea of what is in store for those who enroll.

John Schippers

I think John’s engraving instruction in unmatched anywhere. An extra treat is the collection of original engraving that John brings along.

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Ken Scott

Ken’s class is one I would like to take. I’m impressed everytime I visit his class. While I like all his work, my all time favorite bag was made by Ken.

Ken’s web sites with more photos and contact information are below:

http://www.americanfrontierart.blogspot.com

http://kenscottpouches.blogspot.com

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Art DeCamp

I’ve taken two of Art’s classes and enjoyed them both. I am especially fond of screw tip horns, and I think this is Art’s strength. Watch for his book on screw tips.

Art’s web site with contact info: http://www.artspowderhorns.com/

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Mark Wheland

I consider Mark one of the “Young Lions” in the art of gun stock carving. I have wondered about the future of gun making as our great makers age. No need for worry with guys like Mark. The future of the sport is in good hands.

Mark’s web site and contact information is found below:

http://www.markwhelandrifles.com/index.htmlBlackPowderMag

John Weston

John is a fixture around Conner Prairie. He has helped with kit building for years.

Shawn Webster and James Blake

I had the pleasure of doing articles on Shawn and James for the CLA. What a combination to learn from! If you ever wanted to learn quill work, this is as good as it gets!

call Shawn at (435) 592-5090 or email him at shawnwquillwork@yahoo.com .

A MuzzleBlasts magazine reprint about Shawn can be found at:

https://www.blackpowdermag.com/cla-articles/cla-featured-artists-shawn-webster.phpBlackPowderMag

James Blake:

James web site is:http://jamesblakearts.com/

A MuzzleBlasts magazine reprint about James can be found at:

https://www.blackpowdermag.com/cla-articles/james-blake.phpBlackPowderMag

Nathan Allen and Melvin Lytton

Nathan and Mel are a great team in the blacksmith shop. They have been doing this for years. The two knife making classes and barrel making classes are taught is huge shop with nine forges.

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