Greetings from Midwestern Plains of
In an effort to keep the Spirit of the Traditionalist Gunmaker alive, I
build antique blackpowder rifles and pistols. The vintage of the guns
are from 1730 to 1830, and are representative of several different schools
of earlier gunsmiths. All guns crafted in the shop are in a traditionalist
vein. The projects are shown as they transition from a block of
wood to the finished state. You'll see a variety of guns from
Pennsylvania, Christian Springs, Southern Tennessee Mountain and various
pistols including a free-styled target pistol I designed.
The goal for the website is to serve as a
guide for future gunbuilders who want to learn the craft. I only hope I
can accomplish this goal. Check out the Project
Photo Albums and click on the rifles. The whole rifle
building process will unfold to show you how to do it yourself. Some of
these albums are like "How To Guides"
to help other gunbuilders.
For example there are a few Edward Marshall
(Christian Springs / Monrovian) Hunting Rifles. The Hunting
Rifle has the most detailed steps shown. The Transitional
Lancaster (fancy rifle) and the Tennessee rifle projects were other
rifles showing the rifle building process from beginning to end, too.
Take a look around the Rifleshop
to give you an idea what tools I have available. Most of the work is
done by hand.
Created an "
Journeyman notebook" under
& Aids section in an attempt to share some simple tools, thoughts and
etc of the trade to share with others.
My mentor & Master Gunsmith is
Steve "Bookie" Bookout. He has a website, too and you'd
find it very interesting as well. Steve earned the
CLA "Pioneer Award" for 2007. He has his own shop is
Hall Rifle Shop". We've been friends since 1978.
We wrote a book
together on how to build "A
Wooden Iowa Rifling Bench"
similar to those
built over a hundred years ago. The purpose of the rifler bench is
for putting rifling grooves into gun barrels. This is the same method used
by the Appalachian rifle builders. See the Rifling
Book link for
more information. Unfortunately this book is no longer
available. We printed several hundred books and they have been distributed
In the last few years, I've taken on Apprentices
who wanted to learn the craft. They have their own dedicated pages in this
I been graced with the opportunity to visit
Weston, MO on three occasions and attend the Bevel Brothers' "Over
The Log Shoot" in years past. I dedicated a page
of photos on those unique shoots. We had our own Iowa Original Chunk
Things To Do: Playing with my grandchildren, building guns in the shop, shooting
black powder, prospecting, and fishing. (Notice I said prospecting.
I've prospected for gold in Alaska, Australia, California, Indiana,
Tennessee, Michigan and Iowa.)
free to drop me a line if you are having issues building your pistol or
rifle. I'm glad to help. If you feel you can not finish a project let me
know. Always looking for new challenges.
Welcome To The Shop & Look Around Awhile!
(Site Created 03/30/04)
Read The Guest Book Just Click On The Link Below
can read it with out having to sign the book)
To just read the Guestbook, just
click on the button.
To sign the book, click the button above. Also I'm creating a new
mailing list for those interested. Send me an email by clicking the Hoot
AL Owl below. This way I can keep you updated when the website is
updated. Sorry for the confusion and thanks.
on the photos in the website and they will enlarge)
Recent Projects: Built
two Southern Mountain rifles for my grandsons. One with brass furniture
and the other one in German Silver. Built both rifles at the same time. I
will try to show you some of the steps taken to build these rifles from
black walnut blanks. It was a fun project. Enjoy!! Please see the Projects
E.16th St. N., Newton, IA 50208
641-831-2144: (No calls
after 9 PM CST, or Sundays & Holidays, please!)
Rearranged the Project
Photo Albums page by placing all the
photo albums with detailed breakdowns of the projects at the top of
the page instead of forcing people to search and find them.
Hopefully that will make it easier to locate "how-to"
information for your projects.
you like the site or have any questions, drop me a line by clicking on
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