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.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cloth Pouch

This pouch is made from an old grain bag. It is typical of the cloth pouches that would have been used in the southern part of the Untied States. It has a metal button closure and several worn spots on the face of the pouch.  There is a simple plain horn attached to the strap.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Old pouch Friday: Classic Pouch

This pouch has incised lines on the vegetable tanned flap. the body of the pouch is flesh side out, giving a contrasting feel and appearance to the flap. the fringed welt adds a nice touch to the edge of the pouch as well as to the apron  over the top of the pouch. Brass buckle adjustment on the strap. Circa 1820-1935

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Old Pouch Friday:Fur Trade pouch

This double pouch is typical of one that would have been used by a Rocky Mountain Trapper during the fur trade era. Circa 1815-1835. This pouch is made of deerskin, has short fringe as the bottom welt. Also features a leather cross applique attached with brass tacks. Front of pouch is patched with leather. A small bag ax is sheathed on the back.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Poker Etched Pouch

This pouch has a fraktur floral and heart design burnt into the flap. In Colonial America, this was often called "Poker Etching". A hot poker direct from the fire would be used to burn the design into wood or leather.