A Gift to Good Stewards
One of the most important challenges we have as God’s children is to be good stewards of the rivers and streams, oceans and mountains, valleys, hollows and hills. As stewards, we also have to protect the habitat of the wildlife that call the American landscape their home.
It’s always an honor to partner with groups that take the title “steward” seriously, like the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. This fine group of folks works year round to help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency with everything from education programs to restoration.
The leather craftsmen and women at Col. Littleton had the honor of handcrafting a specially-designed product for TWRF premium table sponsors during the non-profit’s biggest night of the year. Colonel designed this custom rifle scabbard to coordinate with the TWRF’s 2017 “Gun of the Year.” Col. Littleton is also proud to be one of many sponsors of the annual Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt, auction and dinner that coincide with the first weekend of turkey season. That was one big shindig coordinated by our good friends Johnny Allred and Richard Logsdon at the TWRF.
Avid and amateur hunters along with outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts from all over the state gathered to hunt, share, learn, support and eat. The crowd included friends that love the great outdoors and groups that live, breathe, eat and sleep hunting. There were accomplished hunters and people who believe deeply in the preservation of wetlands and folks that fight for endangered species.
Some key legislators also attended to show support for this foundation. Tennessee Speaker of the House, Beth Harwell, welcomed all attendees and expressed support for preserving Tennessee’s natural resources. Colonel and Johnny Allred made a special presentation to former Georgia governor and current nominee for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue and Senator Mark Green, nominee for U.S. Secretary of the Army. It’s always nice to be amongst friends and share support for a worthy cause.
Last year the Colonel created a custom American Buffalo Pistol Case to fit a specialty Beretta pistol which was a big hit with the premium table sponsors. This year, he went bigger by designing and producing 30 rifle scabbards for the 2017 TWRF Gun of the Year, the Browning BL-22 FLD rifle which was presented to this year’s premium table sponsors at the star-studded affair. The Colonel and TWRF Development Director Johnny Allred wanted the rifle cases to symbolize the legends of the American west that carried similar lever-action rifles in scabbards on their saddles. By all accounts, they succeeded.
Who knows what kind of product will result from the collaboration between the Colonel and his friends at the TWRF next year? We do know it will be unique, inspired by the past, made to last and produced with pride.
Behind the scenes: The making of a custom scabbard
The custom rifle scabbard designed by Col. Littleton, and made in his Lynnville, TN. workshop, involved 83 production hand steps from beginning to end. Each leathersmith plays a critical role in the process, with meticulous attention to detail. Here are just a few of the 83 steps that went into the production of the Colonel’s specially designed scabbard.