I recently stumbled upon the Web site of Bill Shipman, a rifle-maker in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He produces reproductions of 17th- and 18th-century muzzle-loading weapons. I was stunned by his attention to detail, careful selection of wood, and the level of ornamentation in the fittings.
Here are just four examples of his work, taken from his gallery. Click each image for a larger view.
Isn’t that great workmanship? There are dozens more images, particularly in the detailed galleries for each weapon. Highly recommended viewing.
If I could afford one of Mr. Shipman’s rifles, I’d already have my order in! I can’t, I’m afraid . . . but a man can dream, can’t he?