Presented here are some of my favorite works. I specialize in recreating southern, particularly Virginia, longrifles, shot pouches, powder horns, and fraktur. I also do repair and conservation work on muzzle loading firearms; and I do firearms and tabletop photography.
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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 one shown here represents an amalgamation of Rockbridge County, Virginia features in iron that never would have existed together. This is my personal chunk gun (a heavy target rifle shot prone over a “chunk” or rest) and I took considerable artistic license with traditional motifs of the region. Still, I think it represents some of my best work to date.
I don’t just do iron mounted guns, or even southern guns. I was recently awarded the Best of Class ribbon at the Dixon’s Gunmakers Fair in the Master-Traditional class for the following rifle in the style of an early Jacob Dickert. Jacob Dickert was a Lancaster, PA gunsmith in the mid to late 18th century.
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. 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 the following Early Virginia shot pouch and horn being published twice in national magazines.
The shot pouch and powder horn combination shown below would be appropriate to carry with any of my iron mounted longrifles. The heart shaped shot pouch was very common in the southern Appalachians in the 19th century, and is actually my favorite going well with the chunk gun shown above.
Shown below are two of my best fraktur. Fraktur are the illuminated documents and related folk art created by German Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. The first is a typical fraktur document; a Geburtschein or birth certificate. The second is a purely decorative work based on fraktur illumination.