Thursday, December 8, 2016

Game Bag or Haversack by Eric Ewing

This is a primitive game bag or haversack.  The body of the bag is made from pillow ticking and lined with linen, and closes with hemp cord and river cane bands.  The flap is made from the rump and tail of an alum-tanned raccoon hide. It is worn with a pig hide belt loop.

Copy and photos supplied by Eric Ewing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lehigh Barn Rifle by Nate McKenzie

Lehigh Valley Barn Gun after Stoffel Long
Getz 44in. 50cal. rifled, swamped barrel.
Stan Hollenbaugh lock.
Stock wood and castings from Knob Mountain Muzzleloading

Copy and photos supplied by Nate McKenzie.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ken Gahagan After Chief’s Grade Trade Fusil by Wilson

A recently completed Chiefs Grade Trade Fusil by Richard Wilson of London made for a mid west collector of trade fusils. It’s based on an example of one pictured in Colonial Frontier Guns by T.M. Hamilton. This example is stocked in English walnut. The lock is a modified English trade lock by The Rifle Shoppe. The cast engraving had to be welded over and engraved with the appropriate engraving. The barrel was custom made by Rice per the original. The customer supplied an original buttplate to copy and this one is hand swaged from brass per the original.

Copy and photos supplied by Ken Gahagan.

Bill Ruggie

William Huey Ruggie

"Bill" passed away early Saturday morning, November 26, 2016. Bill was born June 19, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA though he considered himself a native Floridian as most of his 80 years were spent in Florida. He graduated from Fort Lauderdale High and went to The University of Florida on the school's first-ever full swimming scholarship. Soon after graduation, Bill moved to Clearwater, FL and opened a State Farm Insurance agency, which he would run for nearly 50 years. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and, among his many diversified interests, a collector of contemporary long rifles, antiques and classic cars. Bill is survived by his wife, Gail; his children, Paige (Johnny) Chassie, Tom (Kim) Ruggie, Kelli Ruggie and Garth (Polly) Ruggie; three grandchildren, Gina, Christopher and Shane; a loving sister, Thene Castle and two nieces, Kim Patterson and Kris Turner.

Eternal rest grant unto Bill, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 4, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rifle by Edward Harper

This rifle was made in Bear Creek, North Carolina, it retains its original flintlock. It is called "The Belle of Carolina". The rifle was made by Edward Harper. His work was published by George Shumway in several articles as well as Bill Ivey's Book on North Carolina Rifles.

Copy and photos supplied by Steve Boyleston.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dirk by Jesse Brennan

This Dirk is styled after the early period of Scot's Dirks with a very light weight, slender and sharp blade and an ornate handle of fossilized walrus bone. The color of the Fossil Bone that Jesse chose adds to the overall beauty of the handle and gives depth and context to the skillful fluting and carved knot work.

More information and photos of  the work in progress can be found here.

Copy and photos supplied by Dr. Peter Marshall.