Monday, January 12, 2015

John Bivins

John Bivins, master carver, created this gun for a friend, Frank Burton, in 1966. This is a beautiful example of superior carving, wax casting and gunsmithing.












Copy and photos from Mason Dixon South.

8 comments:

  1. John was a genius. There are few today who can equal his craftsmanship.

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  2. I have a gun frank burton made years a go. it haves his name engraved on it , its a 100cal shoots a 1inch ball 300 grain powder. Burton said its a hand h eld canon.

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  3. I own a gun that frank burton made. For him selfits has his name engraved on it.

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  4. He was john bivens freind.. My gun shoots 1inch ball and holds 300 grain of powder burton said its a hand held canon.

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  5. He was john bivens freind.. My gun shoots 1inch ball and holds 300 grain of powder burton said its a hand held canon.

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  6. My brother inlaw was freinds with frank burton and. And i feel blessed to own franks personal gun with his name engraved on it.

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  7. I was a college student(1966-1970), Guilford College, and visited Franks shop in the Cardinal Shoppning Center, Winston-Salem, NC. I watched Frank build my rifle, .40 cal. Douglas straight barrel, Hamm lock, and nice wood with incise carving. He showed me many tricks of the trade. I remembered he would teach building rifles at a class. You build the parts and the instructions were included(free I believe.) He gave it to me in the white and I did the sanding and staining. It still hangs on my wall. I had since built a few rifles and loved my time with Frank. Carl Leisinger

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