Shaping metal in the forge.

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Progress on the Hawken Rifle Patchbox











An Outstanding Damascus Neck Knife

Jud just completed this beautiful neck knife for me. Next, it goes to Andy Ruffner for a quilled neck sheath.











Saturday, September 15, 2018

Progress on Hawken Rifle

The form of the Hawken sale rifle is starting to take shape.
It looks like Jud is drawing from several known high end rifles for his inspiration, but principally the buffalo patchbox rifle illustrated in Gordon vol III.














Monday, August 27, 2018

A Reprise of "The Mansker Suite" from 2011

In 2011 Jud commenced an ambitious project to build his fifth Mansker bench copy and including all the accouterments that would have been part of a frontiersman's hunting kit. This project was documented by me in a self published book: The Mansker Suite.

There follows a selection of photographs from this book documenting the making of this rifle and its suite of associated accouterments incorporating the design motifs of the original rifle and the original powder horn.