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
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
“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?
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
Shown here is an outfit that I made for myself consisting of an early Virginia shot pouch and a Virginia banded, screw-tip powder horn. Most of the shot pouches made these days are relatively complicated affairs using designs from the early to middle 19th century. If you want a shot pouch that is proper for … Continue reading Early Virginia Shot Pouch & Powder Horn
The southern heart shaped shot pouches shown on this page were copied from pages 18-19 of Jim Webb’s Sketches of Hunting Pouches, Powder Horns, and Accoutrements of Southern Appalachia.I made the shot pouches exactly as shown, approximately 7.5″wide x 7.5″ high, using 3-4oz vegetable tanned cowhide and linen thread.This shot pouch design consists of a … Continue reading Southern Heart Shaped Shot Pouches
This is a powder measure set that I created for Bag #12. It consists of a tin-plated steel powder measure, pan brush and vent pick. The pan brush is horse hair with a tin ferrule and the vent pick is made of music wire. Three flats are ground on the end of the vent pick … Continue reading Tin Powder Measure Set
This document is not intended to provide detailed instruction in the loading and shooting of a traditional muzzle loading weapon or substitute for personal shooting instruction by an experienced muzzle loading shooter. It is assumed that the novice muzzle loading shooter will seek proper instruction before using their new custom firearm. Shooting Never use anything … Continue reading Care & Use of a Muzzleloading Firearm