The beautiful powder flasks seen here are the result of a dedication of time and talent and a labor of love. These are not historic artifacts from a bygone era, but artisans manufacture them using techniques similar to those utilized by craftsmen over 200 years ago.
To the American frontiersman, next to the rifle the gunpowder horn was his most treasured possession. Typically made from a cow’s horn and fixed to a shoulder strap to fit securely against its owner’s side, the powder horn kept the soldier’s or hunter’s gunpowder dry and at the ready. The owner often personalized these horns by carving their name or the image of a deer, for instance. This would be done with their hunting knife while passing the time waiting for dinner to come by.