Teaching the Building of a Powder Horn with Scrimshaw Engraving at the John Campbell Folk School

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 05-05-2011 04:45 PM 7570 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since posting my work on Lumberjocks, I have received a huge number of requests for help and advice on the building of powder horns and doing the scrimshaw artwork to decorate the horn.

And, honestly, I can’t really help everyone, as I have to work in the shop myself, so I have accepted an invitation to teach a Powder Horn Building and Scrimshaw Decoration Class at the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. The date will be mid-July in 2012, and it is planned for a five day class.

We’ll discuss the history, techniques, and build a horn in class with a display stand, and decorate it with your own scrimshaw artwork. I will supply all of the materials, and reference sources. So, this class will be a combination of two classes, teaching both historical and contemporary powder horn crafting and scrimshaw decoration. Getting this all done in five days will be a chore, so come prepared to work. Several of my powder horns have more than 200 hours of work in them, so we’ll do as much as we can accomplish in the five days we are together in North Carolina.

This class size will be small, so if you have interest in this class, contact the school and put your name on a waiting list, as their catalog to the public will be released in early 2012. You can also contact me with questions, or comments about the class, but I can not sign anyone up, I’ll just refer you back to the Folk School for registration.

If you would like more information, please email me at [email protected]

thanks, and hope to see you in North Carolina
Mark DeCou

Here is a Link to the John C. Campbell Folk School website

Here are some postings I’ve added about Powder Horns:
Scrimshaw Powder Horn
Scrimshaw Powder Horn
Montage with Several Powder Horns
Blog on building a powder Horn
Blog on adding Scrimshaw to a Powder Horn

You can see more of my Powder Horn and Scrimshaw artwork at my Website

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 05-05-2011 08:49 PM

Way to go Mark! Aren’t you also teaching an coffin building class somewhere this year?

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 01:05 AM

Yes, the casket building class is June 2011

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 05:13 AM

That’s great, mark.


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#4 posted 05-06-2011 05:28 AM

my guess

they save up to 5 grand

at least 2 K, by taking the casket course ?

how much do you charge?

for the course?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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