The blog previewed on February 8, 2008 and we started posting daily on February 29, 2008.It has been 8 years since we began posting everyday. We have missed posting 3 days in those 8 years and all of those days were in 2015. We now have over 2+ million viewers since we began counting. Sitemeter has listed over 2,200,000 visitors. This is the counter at the bottom of the page. The invisible counter is Stat Counter who logs list 3,086,243 visitors with 6,875,000 page views. There have been over 46,000 photos posted. We have showcased over 800 makers.
We have decided to stop posting daily. The blog has become more of a task rather than the joy it once was. The posting daily is just too time consuming. In addition to the time spent it cost us money to produce and will continue to cost us money to keep on-line. We will keep it active so you can continue to look in the archives. We will attempt to post once a week and will continue to take photos of the people and the displays at the shows. We still welcome the photos and articles you send us to post.
We thank our viewers. We thank the people that sent us items to post. We thank those who stop by the shows and express their appreciation for the blog. We are grateful for all the people we have met and the friends we have made.
So do not think the blog is going away, it isn't. The blog is going into a different phase.
The architecture and carving of this piece is based on an original. The mounts on the original were English but for this example I made Dutch mounts. The butt plate is hand swaged from sheet. The lock is a new Dutch style lock from The Rifle Shoppe and barrel is a 52" 20 gauge all round from Getz.
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