Shaping metal in the forge.

Shaping metal in the forge.
Jud working at the forge: Fire blazing!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

A Superb Jud Made Flintlock from his "Michigan Era"

This rifle is being prepped for sale at a prominent auction house. The manager of the sale contacted Jud for details on the making of this rifle. He further stated:

"The craftsmanship of your work is phenomenal. This rifle has the feel of a genuine antique more than any contemporary made rifle I can recall working with."

The photographs show this best. This rifle embodies the Brennan style of creating a masterpiece that shows the evidence of respectful use and wear and speaks to the owner of its history and its provenance.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

An American Primitive by Jud

This is a new knife by Jud which recently sold.
It can be called a Rifleman's knife or also a "scalping knife".
12 3/4' overall, The blade is made from an old spring. The handle is curly maple with poured pewter inlay. Antiqued scabbard is a thing of beauty in its own right. Signed and numbered #123.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

More Progress on the Gustave Young Bowie

Jud has finished engraving the silver tip of the sheath and has drawn out and begun the engraving of the top portion - the "frog side" finished, and the "shield side" in progress!

Tomahawk Finished!

This beautiful tomahawk is now finished. The many details are shown in the following pictures. What a fine piece of curly maple! What fine engraving! How genuine the rifling in the bowl!
The intended recipient of this beautiful work of art from Jud will likely be revealed in a future posting. Hint: Very personal to the author of this blog!


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tomahawk Fully Engraved, Wood Not Yet Finished

Pewter decorations have been poured and the mouthpiece formed.
Now just waiting for the author of this blog to come up with wording for a decorative plaque.

A Perfectly Engraved Tomahawk - First Look

Jud is currently finishing a new endeavor - a highly engraved tomahawk.
When I visited 2 weeks ago, the engraving was just beginning.

This is of course, made in the mode that would have been made on the spot by a local blacksmith/artisan for the fur trade when the factory made trade goods were exhausted.

Striking details include the use of a cast off piece of rifle barrel iron with the rifling still visible in the bowl of the pipe.

Sunday, February 23, 2020