Mark Elliott

Muzzleloading Craftsman

Mark Elliott self portrait with powder horn

For over 40 years I have been a muzzleloading artist and craftsman, obsessed with the recreation of flintlock longrifles and accouterments. My particular interest, being a Virginian, is in longrifles from Virginia and East Tennessee along with their associated shot pouches, and powder horns.

Not Just a Muzzleloading Craftsman

While I have referred to myself as a gunmaker for many years; I have interests in all sorts of arts and crafts including leather and horn muzzleloading accessories, fraktur (18th and 19th century German American calligraphy & folk art), period cabinet making and joinery, wood turning, sewing, and photography. I intend to keep building flintlock sporting arms for myself, but I have decided to stop taking orders for guns. My intention is to concentrate on the recreation of historically correct shot pouches, powder horns and fraktur. 


Many Shot Pouches & Powder Horns

As a muzzleloading artist and craftsman, I have lost track of how many shot pouches and powder horns I have made.  For many years I did not number or mark my muzzleloading accessories.  Numbering shot pouches and powder horns didn’t start until 2008 and my marking of leather goods has been uneven at best.  Until 2019, shot pouches and powder horns have been fill-in work between muzzleloading gun projects, but now my hope is to produce at least one to two pouch and horn projects a month. Most of my work tends to be bespoke, but I fill down time making what interests me.   Such spec work offered for sale will be posted on this website, on the CLA website, on Etsy, and occasionally on ALR.

A Southern Craftsman

My interest tends to be southern shot pouches and powder horns.   With regard to horns,  I particularly like banded, applied tip horns.   Those may be pinned or screw-tips of horn or antler.  I use walnut, cherry, and maple for the base plugs and stoppers.   While these are what I tend to like doing,  I am certainly open to different types of work.   If you are interested in custom period leather or horn work,  I would like to talk to you.   We may be able to collaborate on something new.   Some of my best work has resulted from these efforts.

See Portfolio/Pouches & Powder Horns for examples of my work.

To discuss a project and get a quote use the Contact form to send me an e-mail. I will e-mail or call to further discuss the project. Please see the FAQ for more information on purchasing custom work.  Check out Works for Sale for product currently in stock.

Christ's Apprentice

As important as recreating flintlock longrifles and accouterments is to me,   I strive to make Christ the most important thing in my life on a daily basis because he died and rose again on the third day so that sinners like you and I might be forgiven our sins, gain power in this life, and gain eternal life.   I have had, and continue to have, some very difficult challenges with my health and have seen some very dark times.  It is only through faith, prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit that I have made it through many days.  I have also been blessed in innumerable ways, including the loss of about 180 lbs, which I believe has kept out of a wheelchair.  Life isn’t easy, and Christians aren’t perfect.  I am certainly very far from perfect.   As a sinner needing forgiveness; just ask Christ into your life; sincerely repent of your sins; rejoice in the fact that your sins, past, present, and future are forgiven and forgotten; and let the Lord help you each day to become the person he wants you to be. Not unlike mastering the recreation of flintlock longrifles, it is a life long, difficult, journey, but the end of the journey is eternal life.  Don’t wait,  start your journey today!  Jesus loves you and is waiting for you to ask him into your life. Once you do, you will also find that he will lift your burdens and make things possible that are far beyond your capabilities.