I have been looking for as much information as I can find concerning the styling and construction of earlier (French and Indian War period) rifles. I have already mentioned the John Schreit Rifle, but the other rifle I keep coming across references to is the so called “Musician’s Rifle.” It is apparently a rather elaborately engraved rifle, that exhibits a date of 1756 scratched into the brass patchbox. It is obvious that the date is not part of the original engraving, so there is some controversy over its accuracy/authenticity. Regardless of the scratched in date, the “Musician’s Rifle” seems to be regarded as an important example of an early American longrifle of the French and Indian War period. Continue reading
I have already collected some of the parts necessary for my flintlock rifle project. I have picked up the lock, barrel, triggerguard, and buttplate. I still need to get a stock blank, but I have located a source for the curly maple that I will need. Here is a list of the parts I have collected so far (all available at Track of the Wolf): Continue reading
My flintlock rifle build project has been collecting dust lately. I have fallen victim to my tendency to plan, plan, plan some more, get a few parts, do a little more planning, and then evaluate my planning while second guessing everything. I keep telling myself I need just one more tool, one more part, and then I can really get started. The end result is that I just never get started. Continue reading
The John Schreit Rifle — Dated 1761
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The first step in my flintlock build project is to select a style of rifle. I am interested in the colonial period and want to build a rifle that could have been used in the French and Indian War / Pre-Revolutionary time-frame. Unfortunately there don’t seem to be a large number of examples from the time, so I have selected the earliest known dated American longrifle to serve as the model for my project. This particular rifle was made by a gunsmith by the name of John Schreit in the year 1761, in the town of Reading, Pennsylvania. Continue reading
I have always loved old handwriting, and have been particularly interested in the style used during the Civil War because of my one time involvement in Reenacting, so I ordered a copy of Spencerian Penmanship (Theory Book plus five copybooks). It is a reprint of the old copybooks used to teach school children the Spencerian system of handwriting back in the day. The only omission that I have noticed in these copybooks is the fact that there is no punctuation, so I will have to do some more research to find out how to properly form things like the question mark and exclamation point. So, with the help of these books I have been trying to teach myself how to write in this elegant hand. Continue reading
I decided that I am going to make a hat. Lots of great characters wear a cool hat–Indiana Jones comes to mind. I’ve always liked hats in any case, and a nice one would be something that I could wear even if it isn’t part of a costume.
It turns out there are a few things needed to make a felt hat. One of those things is a hat block. A hat block is traditionally a wooden form, in the shape of the crown of the hat, over which the felt is stretched and shaped. It turns out that buying one would cost more than I can afford to spend, so I had to come up with a way to make my own. Luckily I found a tutorial online. Continue reading