I am a traditionally trained blacksmith and traditional craftsman, with my shop in Onondaga Michigan. I, along with my apprentice Stephanie Aust, specialize in weapons of the 19th century though also delve into time periods from the Ancient Celts to the beginning of the 20th century. Firearms, tomahawks, swords, knives, tools, etc. I will attach a few images, or you are welcome to check out my website ironjohnlogan.com
The above mage is of a tomahawk I made for one of the Cherokee chiefs of North Carolina. Head forged from black powder rifle barrel, hand filed and engraved. Handle of quilted maple with red brass and silver inlays of dogwood flowers and traditional Cherokee designs.
A tomahawk head made by Stephanie - Based on a historical example with connection to the frontiersman Lewis Wetzel Copy and photos supplied by John Logan.
A nice bag and horn sets by Jeff Bibb - Guilford County NC style bag and banded horn based off of originals in Bill Ivey collection. It is kind of hard to even express the quality feel of the workmanship in this set. Really top-notch. The horn is very light and translucent.
The Kentucky Rifle Foundation will be sponsoring a scholarship to the Gunmakers' Workshop that will be taught by Ken Gahagan and Ian Pratt this coming January (13 - 19). Time is of the essence for those who are interested in applying. Here is the information on the scholarship:
Ian and I would like to inform all interested parties the
Kentucky Rifle Foundation has graciously made available a full sponsorship for
tuition room and board for our gunmaking class that will be held January
13-19th, 2018. In addition to $1075 allotted for these items an additional $500
will be awarded to the recipient to go toward or pay for their needed supplies
such as the barrel, stock, lock and any other hardware etc. that may be needed
to complete their project. This scholarship will be made to an individual
between the ages of 18 and 30 in the attempt to promote and encourage the art
and craft of muzzleloading rifle building to an interested young person who has
an intense interest and desire to get involved or further their skills in the
building of muzzleloaders. Gunbuilding or woodworking skills would of course to
a great start, but are not required. Some hand tools would also be needed and
it would be best to contact Ian or myself to get a better idea of what might be
required. An essay of why you should be considered is required. Please include
things like your building experience, what you would like to take away from
this class and what your future plans may be in the area of gunbuilding and
18th century crafts plus anything else you feel is relevant. Because the award
came through later than usual for this years class we require all essays be
received by Ian or myself by December 15, 2017. The essays may be sent via email
or USPS. We will contact the recipient of the award by December 20th so you can
get your materials and your barrel inlet before the class. We may be able to
help expedite this process. We are very hopeful we can get this together for
this year, as well as provide this tremendous opportunity by the Kentucky Rifle
Foundation in future years. Ken Gahagan
All Workshops are held at Canter's Cave on 1362 Caves Road in Jackson, Ohio. Students stay and work at the Harrison-Powell Lodge. Working hours are flexible, and all daily meals are prepared and served on site. The cost of meals and lodging is included in the fees for each class. This arrangement allows for students to more effectively focus on their projects.
Copy supplied by Ken Gahagan, Ian Pratt and Canter's Cove.
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