I was born in Shipshewana, Indiana in 1949. My interest in muzzleloading
rifles was sparked in 1971 while watching "Gunsmith of Williamsburg" and
being in the gunshop there in Williamsburg, VA on my honeymoon with the
woman who is still my sweetheart.
worked as a self-employed furniture and cabinet maker for 32 years,
gaining a firm understanding of working with wood and various types of
finishes, etc. Now as a gunbuilder, my focus is on mid to late 18th
century longrifles and early 19th century work. My first work
of "scratch building" a rifle was in 1985. Since that time I have
continued to shape and hone my artistic skills as it pertains to longrifles, including attending several of the NMLRA gunbuilding
seminars in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This includes the forging of iron
parts and decorative engraving, etc.
fascination in shooting and hunting with longrifles began in the early
1980's. Since then I have conquered all sorts of game with my
muzzleloaders - including squirrel, deer, and antelope. I consider being
able to bag game with the things I have made, such as longrifles, turkey
calls, powder horns, knives, shooting bags, etc., a "working art" that
has brought fulfillment and joy into my life.
Working in wood and metal, each gun becomes a labor of love as I fashion
each gun into a fully functioning work of art. I choose to create guns
in the style of the old masters without completely reproducing their
work. Virginia is rich with Colonial and Early American history. Living
in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, some of my favorite guns are
those of Virginia origin - especially of the early makers. By adding
touches of my own, the rifles that I make are faithful to our historical
past and, at the same time, are treasures of today. No two guns that I
make will be exactly alike since they are truly an individual work of
art. I build to fit the needs of the customer and prefer to discuss the
details of the project by phone conversation when an in-person meeting
is not possible.
Since completing my first longrifle, I have done lots of hunting with
the muzzleloading firearms that I have built. They are accurate with
fast ignition. They handle well, function well, and they look good too.
build various styles of rifles and smoothbores in a wide range of
calibers - from .32 caliber to .62 caliber. I encourage active dialogue
with prospective customers in order to build them a truly custom gun.
Please call or e-mail for pricing, as each gun I build is truly a