Here's a neat homespun rig, with a pouch made in the West Virginia/Southern Appalachian style. The pouch is cowhide with a deerskin pocket and lined in walnut dyed hemp. It is double whip stitched without a welt. The strap is cowhide with a small iron buckle. The powderhorn is an original with a sweet double curve for a right side carry. It has two rawhide repairs made by myself to render it usable. It measures 11" along the outside curve, and a slender 2" across the plain base plug. The cane measure holds 35 gr. of fffg.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers