1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Co. Virginia Longrifle Templates & Layout Guide

This is the first of, hopefully, a series of template sets I have developed for a number of different type of muzzleloading firearms. As the title indicates, this drawing has templates for my interpretation of the 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Co. Virginia rifles documented by Wallace Gusler in the Journal of Historical Armsmaking Technology (JHAT), Volume II. … Continue reading 1775-1785 Augusta/Rockbridge Co. Virginia Longrifle Templates & Layout Guide

Fraktur

Fraktur Decoration on Paper I have long had an interest in fraktur and have been doing fraktur type decoration on various objects, but I recently decided to try my hand at real fraktur documents I started with bookmarks and bookplates as I needed something appropriate for my hand bound, leather covered 1733 New Testament from … Continue reading Fraktur

Hand Turned Curly Maple Pens

I make these hand turned, curly maple, ball point pens from highly figured gunstock scrap that would otherwise go to waste.  These pens are stained with aqua fortis just like my gunstocks; which means at least three whiskerings with water and a scraper before staining, a coat of tannic acid to darken the figure, and … Continue reading Hand Turned Curly Maple Pens