Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Chopper

Forged in coal forge 9" 1084 blade
overall length is just shy of 13 3/4"
spine is .155" at the hilt
Handle is curly maple and rosewood with 1/16" steel pins
sheath is vegetable tanned cow hide dyed dark and wet formed
Shaves, chops a pine 2x6 in half, and shaves again
Blade is darker- bad lighting

Friday, February 10, 2017

Beck Rifle

Left handed Beck rifle all but complete. I still need to give the stock another few coats of oil, followed by stock wax, leather sling, and maybe some fine tuning after firing. The scraped finish came out well. You can feel the curl in this stock.

Specs are as follows:
*Curly maple stock, scraped and relief carved
*Chamber's LH Siler lock
*Rice barrel, Beck profile: swamped, 42" 50 caliber 1-66 twist, round bottom rifling
*Davis double set triggers
*Iron mounts
*Length of pull 13 3/4"(front trigger)
*Drop 3"
*Cast off 1/4"
*Weight 8.9 lbs (wet, without sling)

Asking price $2400 +shipping

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Beck Cont...First Coats of Finish

I've been back to work on the Beck rifle that was on hold for the EPR prize fowler build. Much has been done since my last post on this project. It is coming along but still needs much more work...Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

After the Diet

Here she is after the stock removal. It had a thin wrist so I had to leave most of that alone. The upper wrist was fat. I bent the tang down and inletted it deeper into the stock. A lot of extra wood on the forearm was removed. The trigger, guard, and entry pipe had to be re-inletted.  Sides of the stock had a bunch removed all the way to the muzzle as did the buttstock. The lock was cleaned and some internals polished up, and the trigger had to be reworked. First coat of finish went on and I could see scraper marks that I didn't want to see...Back to scraping and then burnishing...refinishing. All in all pretty happy with the way it came out.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Going on a Diet

This fowler is getting a weight reduction. I will be removing wood in many areas to give this piece a better look and feel. The original maker is unknown to me at this time. The wrist area is plenty this already but the whole stock will be scraped down and refinished. I'm aiming at smaller lock panels, a more slender forearm, less of a flat around the triggerguard and tang, and a bit more barrel exposed. More to follow.

Monday, January 23, 2017

EPR New England Fowler

     This smoothbore will be part of a grand prize for the Green Hat shoot at the 2017 Eastern Primitive Rendezvous. This Eastern is going to be held on the 22nd-30th of September in Pennsylvania. I'm told this is an absolutely great site and I know it is going to be one heck of a shooting event. This fowler will be accompanied by a handmade bag and horn as this one prize. More shoots and more prizes as well. So, if you are a shooter this is not an event you want to miss!!

Fowler specs...
-Stocked in curly cherry with a scraped finish
-43" 54 caliber Getz barrel
-Chamber's early colonial lock
-Brass furniture
-silver wrist inlay
-13 3/4" length of pull
-3" drop and 1/4" castoff

Sunday, January 22, 2017

First Coat Oil

Much done over the past few days... More stock shaping, scraping, burnishing, silver wrist inlay, engraving, etc. The stock had lye applied to bring out the color, and one coat of refined linseed oil. More to follow!