I had the thought one day that it might be interesting to list out all the tools I had out on my benches. As I worked on the project, I thought that it might be a better idea to expand the list to not only those tools that are normally out on my benches, but … Continue reading Tools on My Bench?
This powder horn was made from a raw horn in a late colonial style. I scraped it down, carved and filed the spout in the traditional manner. The plain domed base plug was carved from pine and held in place with wooden pegs. I turned the stopper from a scrap piece of curly maple. The … Continue reading Late Colonial Powder Horn
An Unusual Iron Mounted Rifle The longrifle shown here is an iron mounted chunk gun with stylistic elements found on guns from the Augusta/Rockbridge area of Virginia down into southwest Virginia. This rifle includes a four-piece iron patchbox and a faceted trigger guard and thimbles similar to a couple of rifles from Wallace Gusler’s step-toe … Continue reading Gun #12 – An Iron Mounted Virginia Chunk Gun
This is a fantasy longrifle based on iron mounted rifles found in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee in the early 1800s. Without the wire inlay, this rifle would be very close to the Joseph Bogle Jr. rifle made in East Tennessee. That rifle actually had more in common with the rifles of the southern Valley … Continue reading Gun #11 – Iron Mounted Virginia Longrifle with Silver Wire
The following books and videos have been the most valuable to me in the recreation of Southern (Virginia/Kentucky/North Carolina/Tennessee) longrifles and accouterments. Books Longrifle Books Rifles of Colonial America, Vols l & ll, by George Shumway Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age, by Joe Kindig Jr. Longrifles of North Carolina, by John … Continue reading Recommended Books & Videos for the Southern Longrifle and Accouterment Maker
Shown here is a previously unpublished John Davidson longrifle. It was made for a farmer in Rockbridge county Virginia and is still in the family. While the rifle is the victim of a very poor restoration job many years ago, there is still considerable artistic merit to the gun. The longrifle is mostly intact. The … Continue reading John Davidson Rifle
“From a flat bar of soft iron, hand forged into a gun barrel; laboriously bored and rifled with crude tools; fitted with a stock hewn from a maple tree in the neighboring forest; and supplied with a lock hammered to shape on the anvil; an unknown smith, in a shop long since silent, fashioned a … Continue reading What is an American Longrifle?
Photography Services Standard Photography Packages I have been doing professional quality photography of firearms and accouterments for a number of years. This started as an effort to document my own work. Now, I occasionally provide professional firearms and accouterments photography services to others. I offer a standard documentary package for a rifle or other long … Continue reading Professional Firearms Photography
This is a 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge County, Virginia longrifle based on the two rifles documented by Wallace Gusler in the Journal of Historical Arms Making Technology, Volume II (JHAT II). The patchbox and its engraving is an original design extrapolated from the boxes on the guns documented in JHAT II as well as those by John … Continue reading Gun #10 – Augusta/Rockbridge Virginia Longrifle
This is a fully iron mounted Virginia longrifle of the late flint period that I made in 2004 as my personal offhand target rifle. It has features found on Virginia longrifles from Rockbridge County into Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, but is of a style mostly of my own creation. It has a hand forged butt … Continue reading Gun #5 – Iron Mounted Southwest Virginia Longrifle