18th Century Bow Drills for Drilling Retaining Pins in Gunstocks

I was getting ready to install pins in my most recent rifle and wondered how would this have been done in the 18th century. I normally use a couple twist drills (1/16″ and 5/64″) and my cordless electric drill. So, I asked that question on ALR, and after reading a number of the responses, I … Continue reading 18th Century Bow Drills for Drilling Retaining Pins in Gunstocks

Custom Longrifles

Thank you for your interest in my work. I specialize in flintlock longrifles and have a particular fondness for iron mounted, southern, longrifles; particularly the guns made in the region from Rockbridge County Virginia southwest into East Tennessee. I am currently concentrating on fancier rifles from this area, but am willing to discuss most any … Continue reading Custom Longrifles

Fraktur Illustrations

Original Fraktur Illustrations Shown here are some of my original designs inspired by 18th and 19th Century fraktur. Fraktur is the term for the illuminated documents created in the 18th & 19th centuries by German speaking immigrants. The originals (as opposed to prints) of the designs shown here are hand drawn, hand inked, and hand … Continue reading Fraktur Illustrations

Fraktur Documents

Below are examples of a hand lettered and hand colored Geburts Schein (Birth Certificate) and a Haus Segen (House Blessing). These are my original designs, and are available printed on heavy weight, US Letter or A4 size paper. Either one of these designs could be used for a Geburtschein, a Taufschein (Baptismal Certificate), a marriage … Continue reading Fraktur Documents

Baxter Bean Iron Mounted Longrifle – Shadowless Images

Back to Professional Firearms Photography Full Resolution Images: Click on any image below to open a higher resolution version in a new window. Click again in the new window to enlarge the image further. Click on the Back button in your browser to return to this page. All the photos below are digitally watermarked, Copyright … Continue reading Baxter Bean Iron Mounted Longrifle – Shadowless Images

Powder Horns on Table Top with Focus Stacking

Back to Professional Firearms Photography Full Resolution Images: Click on any image below to open a higher resolution version in a new window. Click again in the new window to enlarge the image further. Click on the Back button in your browser to return to this page. All the photos below are digitally watermarked, Copyright … Continue reading Powder Horns on Table Top with Focus Stacking

18th Century Gunsmithing Tools, Metal Cutting Brace Bits

Below are a couple of metal cutting drill bits for a brace, and the holes they bored in a 1/8″ thick brass plate. Also shown is an 18th century style countersink. I ground and sharpened the drill bits to form approximately 3/16″ and 1/4″ holes. The countersunk hole fits a #10 tang screw. The bits … Continue reading 18th Century Gunsmithing Tools, Metal Cutting Brace Bits

18th Century Gunsmithing Tools, Screw Plate & Circle Cutter

I just added a few more 18th century gunsmithing tools to my tool kit. One is a pristine early screw plate, probably from the late 18th century or early 19th century. I don’t think this thing has ever been used. It appears to still have the temper colors on it. At least it did, until … Continue reading 18th Century Gunsmithing Tools, Screw Plate & Circle Cutter