This is not your typical Etsy crowd; they are often historians. Many of them find me by the good graces of Google or other search engines and haven't even heard of Etsy.
|Tim of Alaska (Seated on Left)|
Some customers are looking for very specific materials, patterns, colors or construction. They send me their ideas and I create a custom item for their particular needs. Recently, I have had the pleasure of working with a customer who I call "Tim of Alaska". He has done a lot of research and sent me interesting photos and articles about powder horn straps from the 1700's-1800's. This was a period when one carried, along with their rifle, a cow's horn plugged at each end and used as a reservoir for holding the black powder that the rifle needed as a charge.
Tim makes powder horns and leather shooting bags and accessories. His careful attention to accuracy and detail makes his pieces really look authentic. He employs techniques to give his fabric, leather and horns an antique look.
Cathy and Scott Sibley are very well-known for their reproduction powder horns. Click here to read an article about this interesting couple and to see photos of their work.They have published a how-to book called "Re-Creating the 18th Century Powder Horn" which many re-enactors have in their libraries.
I found this interesting website where you can see a photo gallery of pouches and powder horns of the era.