This is a rifle styled after some made in parts of Southwestern Virginia in the later 1700's and early 1800's, in particular guns made by the Honaker family gunsmiths. The rifle is built around a .47 caliber wrought iron barrel made by Bobby Hoyt. It is a true "iron mounted" rifle - all of the mounts, hardware, triggers etc. were forged out of various pieces of scrap wrought iron.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers