.54 caliber, Berks County, flintlock, longrifle. 38" Colerain swamped barrel, nicely tuned lock. All furniture hand-made by Eric. A good shooter and a joy to carry in the woods, this rifle features moderate distressing, making it a fine example of a firearm used on the frontier. Well executed moulding around the lock flats, tang, ramrod chanel and lower buttstock--raised carving behind the cheek piece. Sliding wood patchbox has Exodus 15:2 engraved on it ("the Lord is my strength and is now become my salvation.") The breech end of the barrel has the words (in small lettering) Jehoval Jireh on it ("The Lord Provides".) The L.O.P. is 13 and 3/4.
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