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, October 10, 2013

Conner Prairie Arms Making Workshop

Just completed teaching the 
Leather Working/Recreating the Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch workshop 
at Conner Prairie. Great students. Lots of learning, fun, 
& the joy of making new friends. 
Here are the participants with their completed pouches.

I also taught a workshop on 
Southern Backcountry design/Fraktur from Virginia and the Carolinas

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pouch with Ground Hog Hair Flap

This complete set features pouch, horn and knife. 
The leather pouch has a flap that is made of a groundhog hide. 
Both the knife and the horn are originals. 
The horn has been repaired with a leather covering.

Quilled Pouch

This pouch has quillwork on the flap. 
Made from brain tanned leather. 
Red horsehair decorative cones have been added.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Small Hunting Pouch & Horn Set

This small cloth pouch is made from striped ticking fabric. 
The complete set features an original horn with repairs. 
The pouch has a leather flap and a handwoven strap.

The small patch knife that looks like it has peeled a "lot of taters."
 All in all a nice set.


Images photographed at the 2012 CLA Show by Jan Riser.