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
That is a cute Bird, what does it have to go with Longrifles?ReplyDelete
The site is called “contemporary makers” and if you’ve been following it for more than a minute you’d realize that it’s a documentation of the work of a wide variety of historically inspired makers and artists, and not limited to long rifles and tomahawks etc. but also includes furniture, paintings, and yes, folk art bird carvings.Delete
After 55 years of Longrifles and all that goes with it, 37 Years KRA, I am well aware of what it is,, I like to know connections f things to the 18 th century, having owned several hundred long guns , hundreds of powder horns and tomahawks, knives , real pouches., I do not recall ever seeing anything like this in the early period. If you have some post them, waiting.Delete
Thank you, Eric.ReplyDelete
Anonymous: My work is informed by PA German late 18th and early 19th century decorative carvings, which exist in museum and private collections. You may not have come across such in your travels, but they do exist.