Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Building the Southern Banded Horn – A Book Review

Scott Sibley on the range in Wyoming.

Everybody involved in our hobby of making powder horns knows of Scott and Cathy Sibley for their carved and engraved 18th and early 19th Century style powder horns. And if one wants to build such a horn the go-to book is “Recreating the 18th Century Powder Horn.”

I love that book! When Scott and Cathy came out with “Building the Southern Banded Horn,” I had to have it. My first observation is that the new book compares very well with their previous one. If you liked the color photos and clear, concise descriptions in “Recreating the 18th Century Powder Horn,” you will not be disappointed in their new book, “Building the Southern Banded Horn.” The quality is great in this 125 page soft-bound book.

As a Prideful Southerner and horner, I like to think I know a thing or two about Southern banded horns. I have had the privilege in handling a few originals, seeing many and being tutored by some wonderful horn turners in the Southern tradition of banded horn making. While this book was not written by a Southerner, it could have been!  So I must say, while it would not hurt to be Southern, it is not a requirement to turn a Southern Banded Horn.

Right off, I like the fact that there is no “outboard turning” in this book. That is a big deal as a lathe outfitted to do outboard turning with very slow rpm settings is very expensive.  What that means is you can do all of your turning with a typical lathe with a Nova type chuck.

As we have come to expect from the authors, the reader is carried step-by-step from a tool list to the completed project. Wisely, Scott and Cathy did not repeat their antiquing process in this book; they used the space for new information.

I must mention that there is a picture of a very easily made accessory that holds the horn tip between the chuck and the dead-center. This is makes for a scar-free horn tip. This book has just the right amount of detail.

The book has many full-color photos of many original Southern horns as well as a gallery of Sibley built horns. (By the way, sometimes the Sibleys sell their finished horns online <<click here>> to see if any are available.)

I heartily recommend this book!

Thanks for reading,
Rick Sheets

1132 RD 7
POWELL, WY 82435

To order the book online, <<click here>>


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