In 2009 Jud Brennan began work on a commission to produce a rifle that would represent his best work for a patron.
The rifle was completed July 2014. The author of this blog photographed this vast and complicated project from the beginning and a sampling of those photos follows in the next installments.
Once again Alaska's winter snows are upon us.
The author of this blog has been given the honor of authoring an article on Jud's son Jesse in the Jan/Feb issue of "The Muzzleloader Magazine". I would urge all who are interested in the Brennan's family to obtain a copy to read this article and to see the numerous high resolution photographs by Ric Lambert of Jesse's work.
Jesse will be attending the 18th Century Artisans Show in Lewisburg, PA in early February and he is bringing several completed rifles, a fowler and other projects with him to display and offer for sale to discriminating collectors.
Jud is bringing to completion a pair of pistols with belt hooks, one right and one left handed - a matching pair.
One of the steps in fabricating these pistols involved smelting a mixture of silver with a small amount of copper. The resulting amalgam is much tougher and resistant to wear than pure silver and was used for the butt caps and grip straps of the pistols.
The next step shown is the inletting of the belt hooks and then engraving them.
As of yesterday, Jud was completing the checkering of the grips.