Monday, January 16, 2017

Side Plate and Trigger Assembly

Today's work included some more shaping, engraving, and inletting of the side plate. As well as making a trigger assembly. The next step will be installing and tuning the trigger, followed by trigger guard installation.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fowler Progress

Buttplate installed and some rough shaping done. The cherry stock is starting to show some nice curl.

Friday, January 13, 2017


 These blades are all forged from 1084 bar stock, except the kitchen chopper(saw blade). All have pewter bolsters. The spiral handled knife has a steel pommel. The wooden handles are curly maple, second down is bone, and the top is thought to be African black deer. The sheaths are hand sewn vegetable tanned cow hide. Knives 1 and 2 are still for sale: see contact information if interested. 

Monday, January 9, 2017


These are French castings from Mold and Gun Shop. One of the nice things about New England fowlers is that they where a mix match of parts. It doesn't look like much in the pictures, but this is the result of hours of filing and sanding. This puts them at the rough stage: cleaned up enough to start installing.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tang, Lock Bolts, and Side Plate

The tang is shaped and inletted, lock bolts installed, and side plate roughed out. The tang needs a bolt and some final shaping. Lock bolts will be shortened and the heads will be domed. The side plate still needs some final shaping, engraving, and inletting. I tried a little wiggle engraving to get some depth. Not sure I'm happy with it yet. The plate is thick. So there is a lot I can do with depth and molding it to a desired form.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

N.E. Fowler Continued

The lock mortise is roughed in. It will require some clean up after the lock bolts and trigger are installed. I use lamp black(candle soot) to check for interference.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New England Fowler in the Making

     Here I'm starting with a cherry blank that has had the 43" 54 caliber Getz smoothbore barrel inletted and ramrod hole drilled. The web between the barrel and ramrod hole started at about a 1/4". I dropped the barrel down in the stock an 1/8". The purpose is to have a more slender piece when finished.
     Next I plan out the shape of the stock. This includes drop, cast-off, and length of pull. Bandsaw off the excess both on the sides, top ,and bottom. Plane the lock panels down to the correct thickness, and start inletting the lock(Not a bad idea to do the breechplug 1st, but I've seated the barrel back tight. So there is no gap at the breech end of the barrel). The sides of the lock plate are filed before inletting. This is a Chamber's Early Colonial flintlock.