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October 5-8, 2013 – Recreating the Philadelphia Screw-Tip Horn Class at Conner Prairie

24th Annual Traditional Arts & Arms Making Workshop
Saturday-Tuesday, October 5-8
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This class is sold out, but Conner Prairie is taking names for a waiting list.

Further develop your horn-working skills through the construction of an early style internal screw-tip Philadelphia horn. Noted hornsmith Art Decamp will cover a wide variety of topics, from the history and architecture of early horns to many tips and techniques for reproducing period-correct powder horns. This horn will have a turned tip as well as turned and applied collars. Other techniques covered will include proper horn selection, scraping, heating, shaping and coloring of horn.
$580/$560 member (tools required).

For more information see Conner Prairie Interactive History Park’s Website.

Art DeCamp 2012 Conner Prairie Class.

April 11, 2013 – The Science Channel USA – Powder Horns on “How It’s Made” – Featuring Mike Small

Last year the crew from The Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” spent twelve hours with our own HCH member Mike Small. They chose Mike to help with a segment on how to build a powder horn.



It’s our pleasure to let you know that this segment on Powder Horns will be airing on the Science Channel in the US on:



The original airing was on Thursday, April 11th at 9:00pm ET.

Watch it! Here is the link for the  “How It’s Made” Segment on Making a Powder Horn


The Guild congratulates Mike Small for his collaboration with The Science Channel on the upcoming segment on making a powder horn!
Here is the link to Mike’s website:









September 15 & 29, 2012 Powder Horn Class at Old Salem, NC

Make a Powder Horn at the Historic Single Brothers’ Workshop
Old Salem, NC
9:30am – 4:00pm – September 15 & 29, 2012 (Two Saturdays)
**Reservation deadline is September 7**

Here is an opportunity for those who want to learn to make a powder horn. Learn to make a powder horn from Old Salem gunsmiths Bill Bailey and Blake Stevenson. This is a two-part class held on two consecutive Saturdays at the Single Brothers’ Workshop.

Students will learn to shape the spout, fit the base-plug and will leave with a completed powder horn. The materials including a horn will be provided and the horns have some of the prep work done on them.  Tools will be provided for the students use.

For those who want to engrave (scrimshaw) their horns, help will be provided as time allows.

As a special treat, gunsmith Bill Bailey will bring a Revolutionary War engraved powder horn carried by a Patriot ancestor for the students to see.

Here is the link to register for this class.

Blake Stevenson with a Vogler rifle made by him. Photo by Pam Lappegard.
Bill Bailey at the Vogler Gunshop at Old Salem, NC. Photo by Pam Lappegard

October 8-12, 2012 – Southern Style Banded Horn Class, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Southern Style Banded Horn Class
Mon.–Fri., October 8-12, 2012   8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Conner Prairie Interactive Park – Fishers, Indiana

Happy Conner Prairie Horn Workshop Attendees

This five-day class taught by Art DeCamp, will focus on each participant making a Southern Style banded powder horn with an applied horn tip.  The lathe work necessary to make and fit applied horn bands, turned horn tips, plus the wooden butt plug will be learned and practiced by each participant.

The class will discuss the history, and varieties of Southern style horns, along with how to select the proper horn, turn and fit applied horn bands and the use of a lathe for this purpose.  In addition, shaping, scraping, finishing and coloring of horns, will be presented.  Original antique horns and photo references will be used to expose participants to historically correct examples. 

As time permits during the week, an introduction to heating and molding/shaping of horn will be taught as participants can also expect to make a pressed horn item, such as a spoon, shoe horn, fork, comb, etc.  along with their completed Southern Style powder horn.

This class is aimed at helping HCH members who wish to advance in the Guild structure with developing and practicing the required skills for this process.  The class will be very helpful to anyone interested in improving their horn turning, heating, pressing and shaping skills. 


For the cost of the class, participants can expect to take away the knowledge, AND at least one completed banded powder horn, a horn accoutrement and possibly a second horn or item depending on time available.


A list of required and optional tools will be provided upon class registration.



Register Here…

October 19-20, 2012 Horn Ware Class in Hollidaysburg, PA

Announcing a Screwtip/Banded Horn Class, April 13 & 14, 2012


The HCH’s own Master Horners, Roland Cadle and Art DeCamp, will be giving an intermediate class  on horn building April 13-14, 2012 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.


>>Here is a link to their flyer and registration form.<<

Easy to Make Sterling Silver Powder Horn Butt

HCH member Tim Johnson shares how he created this stunning Sterling Silver butt on his New York F&I map horn in the short article below. If you have any questions, please use the comment form below the article. Thanks.