Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bags, Straps and Powder Horns

The strap on this leather pouch also carries 
the powder horn. This setup is suitable for a single 
day's deer hunt. 
My husband, Rick, has been doing historic re-enactments for over twenty years. Recently he has been working on some of his gear. A friend's company, The Lumenaris Group,  started making some great leather hunting pouch kits and  he got a couple. His stitching came out beautifully and he selected woven straps and powder horns from his collection to go with the bags. 
                       With this pouch and the larger horn he is ready for a Rendezvous or Trail Walk.

                           The wooden powder flask was carved by a friend and is used with a squirrel rifle.

When I realized what a nice collection of powder horns he had stashed in the garage, I suggested that we display them in a prominent location inside the house.
After looking at them for a while, he became inspired to try his hand at scrimshaw.
 A book, "Recreating the 18th Century Powder Horn" suggested some ideas for design and described the technique. 
 His first attempt turned out great!

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety" - Benjamin Franklin 1775

This stunning horn was made by Ken "Dirty Hand" Falletti. 
Rick chose the strap to go with the horn and stitched the leather tabs onto the ends.


  1. Those are amazing! And what wonderful scrimshaw!

    I would love to meet your husband one day, and learn how to hunt with muzzleloaders. I'd even consider buying one for the occasion...

  2. It's so good to find great uses for our hand-crafted bits! Too often mine stay in a box somewhere...just waiting for it's moment to arrive :-o

  3. Josh- Rick's first attempt at scrimshaw was great and you can see that he had some good inspiration. I wish that I could have shown them all here.
    Chris- Yes it is great! My husband has been a fan of my weaving for many years and had amassed a nice collection of straps by the time we were married. He still likes to keep some as they come off the loom. We are both lucky. I'm glad that he appreciates my work.

  4. Your husband looks like Tommy Chong. I guess that's a good thing, he could look like Cheech Marin instead. :)