Built in 2002, this blunderbuss was the first firearm produced in 25 years by this builder and the very first attempt at engraving. The brass barrel is a 4 gage Ed Rayle modified by the builder to add the silver brazed and machined decorative muzzle rings. The stock wood was recovered from a locally felled walnut tree and the barrel was hand inlet. The butt plate and trigger guard are commercial Brown Bess castings and the lock was a spare from an early Pedersoli Brown Bess.
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