Saturday, January 13, 2024

Hershel Carmen House

Hershel Carmen House
July 4, 1941 - January 9, 2024

"Hershel House is an incredible individual. Over the years he has been a driving force in the revival of the lost arts of old time gun making, blacksmithing and corn meal production. He work is known world wide. The pieces he produces look as though they originated in another time. Shooters all swear by the accuracy of a Hershel gun. Collectors eagerly seek out any available piece. His knives are seen everywhere. When Hershel arrives at a show he is immediately surrounded by a crowd. Everyone wants to speak with him. Visits to his home are like a trip back in time. His encouragement and sharing with other builders is legendary. I have taken great pleasure in collecting and shooting some wonderful pieces from his shop. Over the years Jan and I have enjoyed all our visits with Hershel and his daughter Jana Lee. Hershel is truly a treasure." 
Art Riser 
Contemporary Makers

Hershel made this fowling piece for my good friend Art Riser, who along with his wife Jan Riser and their friend Robert Weil created the Contemporary Makers Blog which quickly became the internet's home base of the contemporary longrifle culture. When I was working on the article, Art had offered a great string of quotes to be used. I had originally planned to use part of it in the caption with one of the photos, but when the photo became unavailable I unfortunately lost track of the quote and it didn't show up in the article. Art has been known for years as a collector of Hershel's art and my omission is most regrettable ! 

Jason W. Gatliff

Source: Muzzleloader Facebook here.
July/August 2020

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