Presented here are some longrifles, shot pouches, powder horns and fraktur of which I am particularly proud. I specialize in recreating southern, particularly Virginia, rifles; and all the firearms currently featured here are representative of styles and motifs found in Virginia from about 1770 to 1830. Click on the photo or link for detailed information about the object and how you can order one like it.
Iron Mounted Longrifles
I have a particular interest in iron mounted longrifles. As a whole, there were very few longrifles that were iron mounted. The iron mounted rifle is a particular product of the southern Appalachians, generally running from about Rockbridge County, Virginia down the Allegheny mountains into the Great Smoky mountains of Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. You will also find a few in Georgia and Alabama. The ones shown here represent a predominately Virginia style found from Rockbridge County down into Southwest Virginia. Gun #14 is fairly traditional, and what most customers want in an iron mounted rifle. Gun #12 represents considerable artistic license with traditional motifs of the region.
Brass Mounted Longrifles
Most longrifles were brass mounted as the one shown below. However, Gun #10 is, as are the iron mounted guns, representative of a small number of original American muzzleloading firearms being that it is highly carved and engraved. However, at this time in my career, I get little pleasure from creating plain guns. It is the carving, engraving and other decorative arts that I enjoy the most and with which I can find the most creative expression.
Shot Pouches & Powder Horns
Not only do I enjoy building traditional muzzle loading firearms, but I also like to make the shot pouches and powder horns that go with them. As I have no desire to compete with full time pouch or horn makers, I confine myself to relatively simple, historically correct, shot pouches and powder horns that would have been carried with the more traditional firearms that I create. Even though my creations are relatively simple, I have been nationally recognized for the quality and historical correctness of my work, with Pouch #10 and Horn #6 being published twice in national magazines.
Early Virginia Pouch with Screw-tip Powder Horn
This shot pouch and powder horn outfit would have been very much at home being carried with Gun #10.
Southern Appalachian Heart Shaped Pouch with Carved HornSouthern Heart Shaped Pouches
This shot pouch and powder horn combination would be appropriate to carry with any of my Southwestern Virginia longrifles, or most any southern iron mounted longrifle for that matter. The heart shaped shot pouch was very common in the southern Appalachians in the 19th century.