Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA,half length, right side.

Featured Longrifles, Shot Pouches, Powder Horns, & Fraktur

I specialize in recreating southern, particularly Virginia, longrifles, shot pouches, powder horns, and fraktur. I have featured some of my favorite works in these categories on this page. However, don’t neglect to browse my Portfolio to the left.

*** Photographing Firearms ***
at the
33rd Virginia-Kentucky Rifle Show
October 27 & 28, 2017
Holiday Inn & Suites, Front Royal, VA

See Show Schedule page for more information.

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 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.

FOR SALE: $2999 – Gun #12 – Click on the link below for more information.

Gun #12 – A Fancy Iron Mounted Chunk Gun

Rifle #12, fantasy iron mounted Virginia longrifle after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA, Full length, right side

Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA,half length, right side

Rifle #12, fantasy chunk gun after 1800 Rockbridge Co, VA, cheek

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.

Gun #16 – Early Jacob Dickert Flintlock Longrifle

2016 Best of Class and other ribbons for the Early Jacob Dickert longrifle
2016 Best of Class and other ribbons for the Early Jacob Dickert

Early Jacob Dickert awarded Best of Class 2016 in Master-Traditional

Rifle16-2

Rifle16-13

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. Below is my latest early Virginia style shot pouch with a appropriate early Virginia style horn based on one from Jay Hopkins new book.

Early VA Pouch & Horn

Pouch #20 with Horn #20; another early VA style powder horn with at turned antler tip.
Pouch #20 with Horn #20 – Early VA style shot pouch with an early VA style powder horn with a turned antler tip and turned base plug.

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.

Southern Heart Shaped Pouches

Southern mountain shot pouch and powder horn
Bag #11 with Horn #7 – Heart shaped southern mountain shot pouch with a S.W. VA horn with carved rings and a turned base plug

Fraktur

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.

Hand lettered and hand colored Geburtschein using Design 1 (the small heart was added) in a Faux Painted Frame
Hand lettered and hand colored Geburtschein using Design 1 (the small heart was added) in a Faux Painted Frame
Purely decorative contemporary fraktur water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a hand painted frame.
Purely decorative contemporary fraktur water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a hand painted frame.




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