It is with great sadness we have learned that one of the legends of our industry passed away. Reaves Goehring was one of the persons most responsible for the rebirth of the building of American Longrifles. There isn't hardly a builder out there that hasn't used his castings.He was a wealth of knowledge as well and a kind and sharing person.His contribution can't be overstated and he will be missed.Prayers to his family and friends.
Eternal rest grant unto Reaves, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Copy by Mitch Yates and photo from American Longrifle Forums here.
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