ERWIN A. TSCHANZ


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Portrait of Erwin Tschanz

Erwin Tschanz is a landscape contractor for the warm months of the year, which leaves him time during the winter for his hobby, turned business in 1979—Gen-Nis-He-Yo Trading Co., from the Seneca word for “Land of the Beautiful Valley.”

Tschanz makes an assortment of reproduction 18th- and early-19th-Century items in horn, leather, and treen. He is passionate about making things using techniques from more than 200 years ago. He believes many of these methods have been lost with time and have to be rediscovered.

In 1980 he earned the titles of Master Horn-smith and Journey-man Leather Worker from the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is a founding member of the Honorable Company of Horners and holds a master’s rating.

His work in natural, pressed, and turned horn includes powder horns, priming and pocket horns, needle cases, mugs, beakers, boxes, bullet and shot tips, spoons, and oil bottles. Among the treen he copies from 18th-Century pieces are plates, bowls, tumblers, goblets, serving bowls, trays, cutting boards, and some Native American style bowls, spoons, and water drums.

Through his company Tschanz offers various knives and tomahawks as well as leather hunting pouches, knife and tomahawk cases, wallets, notebooks, flint wallets, bullet bags, shot snakes, belts, and straps. All leather goods are made from vegetable-tanned leathers that are hand sewn with linen thread.

Gen-Nis-He-Yo Trading Company
17 Kent Park
Rochester, NY 14610
Phone: 585-271-5263 or 585-315-2430
Email: tschanzlandscape@aol.com
Website: gennisheyotrading.com

You can meet the artist at the following shows:



April 26, 2018 to April 29, 2018: 18th Century Market Fair in Big Pool, MD
June 23, 2018 to June 24, 2018: 1812 Weekend in Mumford, NY

Erwin A. Tschanz has been selected for the following Directories:

2017
Year: 2017, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2016
Year: 2016, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
MISCELLANEOUS
2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
MISCELLANEOUS
2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Woodworking
WOODWORKING
2014
Year: 2014, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
MISCELLANEOUS
2014
Year: 2014, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
MISCELLANEOUS
2014
Year: 2014, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2013
Year: 2013, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
MISCELLANEOUS
2013
Year: 2013, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
MISCELLANEOUS
Biography updated June 15, 2017   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated April 17, 2017
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