Photographed at the 2010 Lake Cumberland Mini CLA Show by Jan Riser.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Photo supplied by Kris Daman. Kris is a fingerweaver that lives in northern Michigan.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I made this rifle in 2005 for a friend. The title here as well as the gun is a bit anachronistic. There was no such thing as an early Virginia chunk gun. Chunk guns were a product of the mid and late 19th century. However, my friend wanted a chunk gun in a Hershel House early Virginia style. As the project gave me an opportunity to try a few new things such as a captured patchbox and poured pewter nose piece, I gladly took on this project.
For those of you not familiar with chunk guns, a chunk gun is a traditional style longrifle with a particularly long and heavy barrel designed specifically for target shooting. Chunk guns are shot over a log or "chunk" while laying on the ground. They are shot at a target 60 yards away. You take 10 shots and add up the distances between the center of the bullet holes and the center of the bulls-eye. The shortest total distance wins.
This particular gun has a typical early Virginia profile and uses a butt piece and guard castings made off a Hershel House rifle. The captured patchbox, side plate, poured pewter nose piece, and cheek side carving are based on Hershel House's interpretation of an early Virginia rifle as documented in his videoBuilding a Kentucky Rifle published by American Pioneer Video. While Hershel normally uses a beaver tail around the tang, I thought that an acanthus leaf/fleur de lise design went better with the raised carving behind the cheek piece. I spent more time on the carving and engraving than I probably should have for such a utilitarian rifle.
As to the nuts and bolts, the rifle has an 1 1/8", straight, 44 inch long, 54 caliber Rice barrel. A White Lightning liner is installed. The lock is a Chambers Early Ketland with a pan bridle. The set triggers are by Davis. The stock is a piece of curly cherry. The stock is entirely scraped and burnished and the rifle is generally finished in a workman like manner. The stock was stained with a lye solution and finished in oil. I have applied a patina to the metal parts to simulate a good number of years of gentle use.
The technical details:
Chambers Early Ketland
Rice 44", 54 caliber, 1 1/8" straight with Chambers White Lightning liner
|Trigger:||Davis double set triggers|
|Mounts:||Butt piece and guard cast from original Hershel House mounts, rest of mounts from brass sheet.|
Copy and photos supplies by Mark Elliott.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The bag and the accessories were made in 1993. It has been my favorite bag & my companion for many years. The repairs were dictated by it's heavy use!
Photos provided by Jim Filipski. More of Jim's work can be seen at his web site.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
An integral bolster knife that I forged from a hay tetter tine with a small crown antler handle and a sterling silver pommel. The beautiful quilled sheath was made by CLA artist Bill Wright of Stewartsville, MN
Copy and photo supplied by Charles Wallingford.