George had been actively involved since 1962 studying, researching, writing about, and publishing books and articles concerning early American flintlock and percussion longrifles. His home in York County Pennsylvania was ideally located for studies in this field, because an important school of longrifle making was located in York in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the city is close to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and other towns where the trade was carried on in this period. He and his wife, Dorothy, operated the business George Shumway Publisher, Inc. that produces books concerning the longrifle and related subjects. Our thought and prayers go out to the Shumway family.
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