Meet the Artisans
Doug Anderson has built 88 traditonal muzzleloaders and pistols. He has won aFirst Place and several Judges Choice ribbons at Dixon's Gunmakers Fair in Kempton, PA. Several of his creations have been featured at the Children's Charity Auction. Doug also makes powderhorns and knives. The tools he uses for carving and engraving are handmade in his shop at his home in Lost Creek.
Greg Bray is currently the Executive Director at Pricketts Fort. He is the owner and operator of Bray’s Knifeworks where he specializes in the manufacturing of custom made knives and reproductions, gun building, and gun repair. A life-long resident of Fairmont, Greg has been making knives since 1990 and has been blacksmithing since 1994, with a particular focus on 18th and 19th century production. He is a juried artisan at Tamarack, which features the best in West Virginia arts and teaches blacksmithing in the Teaching History Through the Arts program for Pricketts Fort.
Calvin Eugene Bray is a retired school teacher who built his first rifle in 2001. He learned the process in a gun building class taught by Ed Ray of Gassaway, West Virginia.
Pat Davis has been a reenactor for over 30 years. He has made a name for himself as a leather craftsman making well over 1,000 shooting pouches, some of which have appeared in movies, documentaries, and magazines.
Helen Efaw began making baskets in 1996, and now runs her own business, Baskets by Helen. She uses original designs alon with many traditional Appalachian shapes and techniques, which are both functional and decorative. Helen has been an artist at the Pricketts Fort Christmas Market.
William “Wild Willy” Frankfort is a skilled speaker, storyteller, writer, and artist. Since 1991 his interest in local history has led him to research and reproduce historically accurate items from colonial America. He is active as a re-enactor and also teaches scrimshaw in the Teaching History Through the Arts program for Pricketts Fort.
Mike Hawkins has been making powder horns and doing scrimshaw for 25 years. He is well known for this 18th century reproductions. He is also skilled in Native American reproductions fo the 18th century Woodland Indians.
Kimberlee Miller learned to knit at the age of five and has been engaged in heritage needle arts for over 30 years. She is a Pricketts Fort Christmas Market craftsperson. She has taught at Cedar Lakesw and Jacob's Meadow, and has taken classes through Augusta Heritage.
Judy Wilson has been an historical interpreter at Pricketts Fort for many years, demonstrating various women’s skills particularly textiles. She is a member of the Fiber Arts Guild, Shepherd’s Federation, and the Weaver’s Guild of America. She raises her own fiber producing animals on her farm and also teaches spinning, weaving and dyeing in the Teaching History Through the Arts program for Pricketts Fort.
Okey Simmons is an historic interpreter at Pricketts Fort who represents a militia character and horner. He works with bone and horn to create a wide variety of objects including powderhorns and teaches woodcarving in the Teaching History Through the Arts program for Pricketts Fort.