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.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Southern Pouch & Banded Horn Set

Ron Vail and I decided to combine our talents on this one!
 Having both been recognized as  top traditional craftsmen in America by
Early American Life magazine we thought, "let's do one together!"

This fine Southern pouch & horn set has a nice aged look. It is is one of those nice, plain early pouch sets that seems the more you look at it, the more character and charm it has. Banded Horn is hand carved to give the appearance of a turned horn of the period. I made the Pouch out of rough-out tanned cowhide and hand sewed it with waxed linen thread, Edge and top of flap has been hand pinked. Punched out design on flap add a home made look. Front of pouch bellows is sewn from three prieces of leather. Pouch is about 11" high and 10 1/2" wide. It has an inside pocket sewn to the back. Strap adjust with a brass buckle.

The handmade banded horn by Ron measures about 14 1/2" around the outside curve with a 2 3/4" diameter base. He hand filed five hand rings around it to replicate a turned southern banded horn. The front strap ring is connected to the horn with a copper band. Both stopper and base plug are hand carved.