Sunday, August 31, 2014

Shot pouch/pipe tomahawk carrier

This is a combination small pouch and carrier for a pipe tomahawk made from cowhide with pigskin trim.  There is a rawhide insert around the tomahawk blade which is secured with an antique bone button. The small pouch has rolled welts and binding and a homespun pattern lining on the decorated flap. The strap is made from hemp and with brass hardware.  This was intended as a companion piece for this game bag:

Ticking Pouch #6

Small Ticking and cowhide pouch. Hemp lined flap. Ticking has been tin-clothed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Effigy Shot/ball Pouch #3

This is another simple ball/shot pouch made from a small section of cane and some homespun-pattern fabric, bound with hemp and with a carved hardwood stopper.

Outside bound pouch

This pouch was made for horner Ron Hess. The leather used is cowhide and pigskin binding; both were lightly aged.  It's hardware includes an antler button and an iron buckle.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hair-on Calfhide Bag #2

The front panel and flap of this pouch are made from hair-on calf hide.  The back panel, gusset, strap tongue and buckle parts are cowhide.  The flap is bound and lined with pigskin.  The strap was made by Kris Polizzi ( and then aged slightly.  The steel buckle was made by blacksmith William Bisher of Black Turtle Forge ( 

I was extremely honored when this shot pouch was awarded the Madison Grant Award at the 2014 Dixon's Gunmaker's Fair.  Like all my work this pouch was inspired by different elements of original pouches and from contemporary work by artists I admire greatly.  I owe both groups a debt of gratitude for this award as well as those who bring the work out for us to see.


Flint & Tool Wallet

This is a simple fold over wallet for flints and tools made from cowhide.  It closes with an antique bone button.

Calf-hair pouch #1

This pouch is made from cowhide with pigskin bindings and a hair-on calfskin flap.  The strap is made from hemp.