About Me

I am an artist whose work has an intensely historical, even biographical concept to it. I see the objects that I paint through the eyes of a 18th century artist and craftsman. My goal as an artist is to create every item with an historical past with an aged look and feel to it. I made a pouch for the Leonardo DeCaprio movie, The Revenant" as well as the pouch for Billie Bob Thornton (Davey Crockett) for the movie The Alamo, and also provided other props for this movie. Early American Life magazine thrice named me one of the top craftsmen in America for both my paintings and my leatherwork.. My pouches were rated for their quality workmanship, fidelity to period design and construction techniques by judges expert in museum-quality antiques and fine, high-end reproductions. My work has also been featured in videos, tv documentaries and numerous times in magazines and on their covers. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Old Pouch Friday: Inside of Pouch

This photo shows the inside of one of the my pouches. It allows you to see the removable pocket inside. A removable pocket is just an envelope of leather made to just slide inside the bellows of the pouch. This pocket would allow the owner of the pouch, if he had two rifles of different caliber or a rifle gun and a smooth bore, to change pockets for different gear. An ingenious invention that I saw on an old original pouch. The two smaller pockets on each side of the inner back of the pouch are used for tools or flints.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Old Pouch Friday: Beavertail Pouch

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This pouch features an actual beaver tail, split open and tanned to make a flap, the flap is decorated with brass harness sports. It represents a pouch that was made during the "Golden Age", 1800 to 1840. Years that produced some of the finest examples of the pouch makers trade. This pouch is Circa 1815 - 1835.   This pouch would have been used in the Rocky mountains by a beaver man, a trapper, who would have brought his beaver pelts to trade for supplies at the Rendezvous.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Personal Pouch

I've owned several pouches over the years that I personally used. This pouch is the one that I carried the longest. As usually I eventually let someone talk me out of it. Presently I do not have a personal pouch.
It was made of fustian ( a fabric made with a cotton welt and a linen warp.) It  had a deerskin flap. The size of the pouch is approx. 7" x 11". It has a woven strap and a button closure.  It has a nice patina and a linen patch on the lower left corner.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Old Pouch Friday: Rev War Pouch

This pouch is the transition from the Revolutionary War cartridge box to the hunting pouch that was carried for so many years after. This is a nice transitional pouch that fills in the evolutionary gap in the history of the American hunting pouch.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Old pouch Friday: Masonic Pouch

Here is an 1820-1840's Masonic Pouch. The square and compass are featured on the flap. The inset square is a blue velvet material and the compass is leather and brass. THe flap is kept cloed with a small leather loop and an original tin button.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Folk Art Pouch With Paneled Front

Here is a nice Folk Art pouch with a paneled front. the front of the bellows has four panels in it as well as the short fringe welting. A really nice Pennsylvania Dutch tulip graces the flap. Aged to perfection.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Old Pouch Friday: KIdney Shaped Pouch/Horse Hair

This kidney shaped pouch is made of cowhide and has horse hide with hair on at the top of the frnt flap as well as on the decorative florets on the face of the flap. The game rings attached to the thin straps at the side of the pouch allow easy carry of small game. 
Circa 1820-1835.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Old Pouch Friday:Tapestry Pouch

I made this Tapestry pouch to represent a pouch that would have been used in the early 1800's in Virginia and the Carolinas. Scott Sibley made the horn. Nice set. Size approx 8" x 10".

Friday, November 5, 2010

Old Pouch Friday: One piece pouch

This pouch is made from one piece of leather cut, 
folded and sewn together to make a pouch.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Article on Conner Prairie Pouch Making Workshop

Yours truly discussing the nomenclature
of an American Hunting Pouch.

Larry Pletcher, Publisher of Black Powder Magazine
recently visited the Arms Makers Workshop at Conner Prairie,
A special thanks to Larry for promoting Black Powder the way he does.

Check out this article on my class. Just click on the link below.

Monday, October 18, 2010

More old pouches. Doc, these are for you!

Deer Hair on Flap Pouch

Hex Sign Flap Pouch
Heart Shaped pouch
 Heart Shaped Pouch Opened
Showing removable pocket

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Old pouch Friday has been moved from my blog: www.americanfrontierart.blogspot.com
to this site. Watch for it! I have developed this new and separate blog just to post my pouches on it. I will continue to retain the American frontier art blog for my paintings and other visual artwork.

Crockett Pouch for the Movie, "The Alamo'

I had the great privilege of providing several prop items for the movie "The Alamo," starring Billie Bob Thornton and Dennis Quiad, among others. I made the hunting pouch that Davey Crockett (Thornton) wore in the movie. Actually I made three of them in case one became damaged. I also provided ink wells, writing journals, pens, pencils and pencil boxes.  Below is a close-up of the pouch.

Dark Day Pouch

I made this pouch and based it on "The Dark Day in New England, May 18th,1780."
On that date, the sun was obscured at sunrise. Extraordinary darkness occurred shortly before noon. Peak obscurity was reported at noon. The blackened sky remained for the remainder of the day. The sun became red, the sky appeared to have a yellow cast and the moon became as red as blood. Schools were closed, children sent home. Cattle lay down to sleep, chickens went to roost, and many people believed  that the world was coming to an end. Communications of the day were primitive and most people thought the darkness to be inexplainable, so they applied religious interpretations to the event. Many thought that the Dark Day was a supernatural event caused by God. The cause of this phenomenal event has yet to be throughly unexplained.

Quilled Beaver Tail Pouch

Deer Hair Pouch

Folk Art Pouch

23rd Psalm Pouch

Skull Pouch

Saturday, September 11, 2010


This Pouch is for Sale. Description to come.

Pouch by Ken Scott. Horns by Ron Vail

This pouch and horn set is a collaboration between Ron Vail and me. I made the pouch out of smoked brain tanned deerskin. Ron did the fabulous horn work.  I wanted Ron's horns to compliment the antique patina of the pouch. No one, and I mean no one in the country is making really nice folk art horns like Ron. His work can be seem at; http://www.ronvailpowderhorns.com/index.html

If you are interested in us making you a complete pouch & horn set, just let us know.