About Jeff

I suppose I have always been around muzzle loading guns in one form or another. When I was young, my grandfather had my great, great grandfather’s 1790’s smoothbore and my great grandfather’s English 12 gauge percussion double gun hanging over his bookcase. He would tell me stories about  growing up hunting with his grandfather and the old smoothbore. In fact, he hunted with it until sometime in the 1920’s. There wasn’t a lot of money for fancy new guns on a farm in rural Virginia. This was also true in many areas of the Southern Appalachians where muzzle loading guns were commonly used well into the 20th. century.

When I was 10, I was allowed to carry the old smoothbore on a Thanksgiving family hunt. I did not get to shoot it, but I sure was proud of carrying it along with my father and grandfather. Somehow walking up and down the mountainside didn’t seem so bad that day. Both guns and my great, great grandfather’s powder horns are still in our house.

Jeff Bibb

Jeff Bibb. Photo by Ava Francesca - AVA42@aol.com

I also still have my first muzzle loader, a copy of an English Tower flintlock pistol that I purchased at a flea market almost 40 years ago.

Several years back, a good family friend who has built many fine muzzle loading guns, tried to get me interested in building guns. After attending my first Dixon’s Fair with him in 2007, I decided that gun building probably was not something I would  initially be comfortable attempting. I was fascinated though with all of the beautiful powder horns and hunting pouches that I saw. With over 20 years experience in design and sewing, I began some research on the different pouches and horns I had seen.

In 2008, I entered my first hunting pouch and powder horn at Dixon’s Fair. To my surprise, I won a Judge’s Choice ribbon. I was hooked for good. I  then attended the Traditional Art and Arms Making Workshops at Conner Prairie where I gained a wealth of knowledge in horn and pouch making. Working with  great artists like Art DeCamp and Ken Scott was an experience not to be forgotten.

In 2009 I was also quite fortunate to be awarded two ribbons by the Honorable Company of Horner’s at the annual meeting and at Dixon’s Fair for Decorated Powder Horn, and for Pouch and Horn Combination.

Early in 2009, I decided to focus my efforts exclusively on pouches and horns from the Virginian and Southern Appalachian regions.  With my family history in this area dating back almost 350 years, I believe that the work of these mountain craftspeople should be preserved, studied, and given more emphasis. By and large these people were not wealthy aristocrats, but hard-working folks who lived the best they could with what was available. I have seen many examples of their rural ingenuity in the wonderful tools and folk art of the Southern Appalachian region.

Thank you for visiting my site. I invite you to look around at the pouches and horns I have made. I will be adding more all the time. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. If you are coming through central Virginia, feel free to give me a call and drop by. The range on the lower farm is always open to muzzle loading friends.

Good shooting!,

Jeff Bibb

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