Butler County


It isn’t often that history inspired a young person to create useful art objects that once were necessary tools that our ancestors needed to survive. Fifteen year old Richard Riley, Jr. said he was inspired by the “frontiersmen who helped build our nation”.

Richard began using a forge when he was thirteen years old. Materials that he uses include steel, wood, slag, brass and car or truck parts that are available. An idea for a piece comes from observation of his surroundings, and normally, a week of working time is needed to complete a forged piece.

Besides studying the history of the land and people, living in the Black Belt has taught Richard to be resourceful. Richard is proud of his work when, as he said, an “item becomes a source of usefulness” and a scrap of material becomes a beautiful work.

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Big Bellied Skinner knife, skinner, big bellied skinner, skinning knife, skinner knife
Big Bellied Skinner Price: $175.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 10452 -

One of a kind big bellied skinner with a stag antler handle featuring copper rivets. The blade as whole is 6 3/4" long. The handle is 3" long, 1" tall, and 3/4" wide.

Small Skinner knife, skinner, skinning knife, skinner knife, small skinner, small knife,
Small Skinner Price: $225.00
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Item #: 10453 -

This one of a kind skinner knife was hand crafted by Richard Railey Jr. The blade is 2¾ " long and made from truck metal. The handle is 3¾" long and 1" tall and is made from stag antler, black walnut, and copper.