This past weekend was the 19th annual meeting of The Honourable Company of Horners, an organization devoted to preserving and perfecting the techniques and aesthetics of horn work. See their superb web site for tons of useful and engaging
The Guild is a 501.c.3 organization meaning its main goal is education. The annual meeting is one long educational experience including round table discussions (this year it was "Powder Horns up to the American Revolution"), Master's presentation (Jim Leach on blowing horns), demonstrations of technique (Guild Master Dick Toone showing the use of a foot powered spring pole lathe, Erv Tschnantz on turning horn, John DeWald on scrimshanding, etc.), awards and recognitions, and promotion of Guild members to higher levels. The main room is filled with modern and antique powder horns for close-up examination and edification. Basically it is a 48 hour university seminar about horn.