Wednesday, February 19, 2020
This unique Fire Steel was inspired by an original example currently in a private collection. It is entirely hand forged from a bar of 18th Century Wrought Iron and completely whitesmith finished, in order to capture the creative nuances present in the original. This process also gives the wrought iron a unique texture and sheen that is recognizable to the material. To further expand on the creative and decorative appeal, all surfaces were tastefully hand engraved and a brass eye was incorporated into the design. In order to insure sustainable service, the piece has been carburized and heat treated using 18th Century technology throughout.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Here's one of Shane's hand forged knives, this blade being forged from high carbon spring steel with a through tang design for added strength and rigidity. The knife is capped on the back with an iron pommel and features an iron cross guard with a turned bolster, and finished off with some light aging.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Brad recently finished this left handed rifle, built in the style of Andreas Albrecht and based off of his work from his earliest years in Lititz, Pennsylvania. The rifle features a custom wrought iron barrel, a reworked Chambers lock and a Curly Ash stock. All other mounts and hardware for the rifle were crafted by hand. The trigger guard and side plate lug were cast here at the shop, the buttplate is hand swaged, the pipes, muzzle cap and patch box were also hand swaged and rolled, the trigger, trigger plate, lock bolts and tang screw were all hand forged, all wood screws and springs were made by hand as well as the two piece rear sight. While this rifle isn’t highly decorated, it’s a great example of early period workmanship that represents early building technology.
This custom dagger is the first and only dagger that Shane has crafted to date. The blade is hand forged from 1095 high carbon steel, hand filed and polished, and properly heat treated for rugged use. It features a hand filed steel guard, brass furniture and a Curly Maple handle. The design of the dagger was a collaboration between Shane and the customer, and gives a somewhat European feel to it.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
This rifle, just completed by Shane, is based on the earliest work of Jacob Dickert that would have a heavy Moravian influence, though not a copy of any existing rifle. It features a custom, 44" long Wrought Iron barrel that was developed just for this project. The lock on the rifle is a Davis Colonial American Flintlock that has been heavily modified to fit the build. Other than the lock and barrel, every other part on the rifle has been made by hand here at the shop using 18th Century tools and technology. The double set triggers, all springs, lock bolts and wood screws were all hand made. The butt plate, ram rod pipes and muzzle cap were hand swaged, fit and filed. The trigger guard and side plate blank were both hand cast here at the shop. The four piece patch box is made in the style of a known surviving patch box attributed to the early years of Jacob Dickert and all hand engraved and stippled. The rear sight is made from wrought iron and hand engraved while the front sight is made of wrought iron and coin silver. The muzzle has been punch decorated, and the breech area of the barrel has been inlaid with a silver cartouche to signify that the barrel is one of our custom wrought barrels.