Colonial Williamsburg old-school gunsmithing

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  1. Catfish

    Catfish For lease Navidad Charter Member

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    This is an old video produced in 1969 showing how the gunsmiths in Colonial Williamsburg create authentic 18th century muskets and rifles:

     
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    DrPhudd Joe thinks I'm clever

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    Sometime back in the late 80's I built the die that mass produced the candleholders that were for sale at the tinsmith's in Williamsburg. They looked hand made... I am sure they let folks assume that they were.
     
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    Enjoyed that film ...

    On a related note... event in Jamestown NC... there will be some nice early pieces there and a good education....
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    I would post pics of the gunsmith shop but PB is being stupid. It's pretty cool to see the tools. And based on the little I can see in the video, those tools are probably still there. Or at least good looking replacements. Not saying nothing there is mass produced. But if you think you are getting hand made for souvenir prices your are nuts. They do sell hand made guns IIRC, and they are not cheap. The good stuff carries a good stuff price. I bought some hand made scissor up there, but they were made in England not Williamsburg. And I knew that from looking at them. Lots of stuff there that's period and hand made, but not made there.
     

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